Friday, January 20, 2006

The Medical Examination and Assessment of Divers (MA1)

Here is the HSE guideline for medical examination and evaluation of divers in the UK.
This is in pdf format and can be seen in it's entirety at http://www.hse.gov.uk/diving/ma1.pdf.

It is interesting to note that disabled divers are not to be refused diving privileges without due consideration and examination (p. 7)

The Medical Examination and Assessment of Divers (MA1)

The Medical Examination and Assessment of Divers (MA1)

Contents:
INTRODUCTION ....
The role of the medical examiner
The Diving at Work Regulations 1997
Initial medical examination
Annual medical examination
RETURN TO WORK AFTER ANY SERIOUS INJURY OR ILLNESS
INCLUDING DECOMPRESSION ILLNESS
Recommended times away from diving
Certificate of medical fitness to dive
Certification of fitness with restrictions
Second opinions and additional advice
Appeal
Medical Records
GENERAL MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Gender
Age
HIV Infection and impaired immunity
Communicable diseases
Medication
Smoking
The Disabled Diver
A. PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS
Alcohol, drug or substance misuse
B. RADIOGRAPHY
C. RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
D. ASTHMA
E. OBESITY
F. CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
Ischaemic Heart disease
Dysrhythmias
Pacemaker
Patent foramen ovale
Valvular Heart Disease
Blood pressure
ECG
Peripheral Cir
G. EXERCISE TESTING
H. CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
I. MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM
J. ENT
K. VISION
L. DENTAL
M. ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
Thyroid disease.
Diabetes
N. GENITO-URINARY SYSTEM
O. GASTRO-INTESTINAL SYSTEM
P. SKIN
Q. HAEMATOLOGY
ANNEX A - MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE-TO BE COMPLETED BY THE
CANDIDATE DIVER AND GP TO CONFIRM MEDICAL HISTORY
(NO EXAMINATION IS REQUIRED)
ANNEX B - MA2 ANNUAL RESULTS LOG
ANNEX C - DIVER FACT SHEET
1. Pre-employment matters
2. Existing diver health issues
3. Certificate of Medical Fitness to Dive (MA2)
4. Appeals
ANNEX D - CARDIAC SCREENING TOOL
ANNEX E