This website is personal one - directed mainly to the Norwegian and partly Scandinavian audience of diving pysicians. The content of the other pages (in Norwegian Language) is kept continuously updated, while this page is kept more or less static as I have no intention to approach the international community.
The website holds information regarding Norwegian courses in diving medicine, how to be trained in diving medicine (both as a physician and nurse/paramedic), the regulations relevant for diving physicians and diving medicals and some training documents in diving medicine. The webpage holds the relevant forms for Norwegian diving medicals as well. Some extracts of this information is translated below.
My name is Jan Risberg. I am employed at Norwegian Armed Forces Medical Serveices, NUI as and Haukeland University Hospital. My employers are not responsible for the content of this website. If you need to contact me, then please use my email.
The Norwegian Armed Forces Medical Services, Medical Department, Office of Submarine and Diving Medicine arranges three courses for civilians related to diving medicine
Regulations applicable for medical certificates for divers working in Norway (in-shore and off-shore)
From a legal point of view, Norwegian regulation discriminates between recreational diving, in-shore diving, off-shore diving and military diving. These will accordingly be described in different paragraphs.
Norwegian regulations require that physicians examining divers - either in-shore or off-shore divers, should be recognized/approved by Norwegian authorities. This approval is granted by the Rogaland County Officer, Department of Health and Social Affairs. To be awarded approval as a diving physician, all of these requirements must be fullfilled:
In short: Getting approval as a diving physician according to Norwegian regulations is a rather time consuming and slow process. You should be aware that maintainance of approval will require re-training at an approved course every third year.
Diving on the Norwegian continental shelf requires the diver to hold a valid diving medical certificate. Such is issued by approved medical examiners (see above). The examination takes place annually. Off-shore diving is regulated by a set of rules and regulations (and guidelines/standards) specifically for such diving. The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has supervision authority in collaboration with Rogaland County Officer, Department of Health and Social affairs. Diving in relationship to some of the main oil and gas on-shore plants are supervised by PSA as well though the governing regulations are the one of in-shore diving (see below). Divers holding a UK or dutch medical certificate of diving is approved to dive on the Norwegian Continental Shelf as well.
The main Norwegian regulation for safe work has a part (§26) regulating in-shore diving and calls for mandatory annual medical examination by approved medical examiners. The regulatory supervision of such diving is done by the Norwegian Lebour Inspectorate. Divers with a valid EU medical examination is allowed to dive in Norwegian in-shore waters as well.
Institutions providing entry-level recreational diver training are mandated to ensure that the student is medically fit for diving. A slightly revised revision of the RSTC guideline is used. Any physician may issue the medical certificate.
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