Welcome to the website of the Digital Working Conditions Catalogue for working under hyperbaric conditions
The Working Conditions Catalogue for working under hyperbaric conditions includes performing diving work, hyperbaric medicine work, caisson work and other work under hyperbaric conditions and is applicable to all employers and employees involved in carrying out diving work, hyperbaric medicine work, caisson work and other work under hyperbaric conditions. The Working Conditions Catalogue however is not applicable to diving activities carried out by Fire Brigades.
In this Working Conditions Catalogue as many as possible risks are mentioned, which may occur when carrying out diving work, hyperbaric medicine work, caisson work and other work under hyperbaric conditions. For all these risks are defined which minimum control measures an employer and employee shall take to manage these risks.
Who is this Working Conditions Catalogue for?
The Working Conditions Catalogue is specifically designed for employers and employees in the Sector Working under Hyperbaric conditions, but also for the clients mentioned in the risk group:Duties, responsibilities and requirements.
Working under hyperbaric conditions definitions and applicability
- Diving work: performing work in a liquid or in a dry diving bell including the stay in this liquid or in this dry diving bell, whereby for breathing use is made of a gas under a higher pressure than atmospheric pressure.
- Caisson work: performing work in a space under a pressure of at least 104 Pa above atmospheric pressure and wholly or partially is surrounded by a liquid including the stay in and the transportation to and from that space.
- Hyperbaric medicine work: performing work in a hyperbaric treatment chamber under a pressure of at least 104 Pa above atmospheric pressure.
- Other work under hyperbaric conditions: performing of other work than diving or caisson work in a space under a pressure of at least 104 Pa above atmospheric pressure, including the stay in that space.
What is a Working Condition Catalogue?
A Working Condition Catalogue contains agreements regarding controlling of (priority) Health and Safety risks at sector-, branch - or company level. Social partners (employers and employees) agree together which way the requirements in the Working Conditions Act and legislation can be met.
They provide practical solutions to meet the target requirements of the government. They choose themselves the form, content and distribution of the catalogue. In that way it is custom-made.
The Working Conditions Catalogue replaces the statutory Working Conditions Policy Rules.
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What is the purpose of the Working Conditions Catalogue?
The main purpose of the Working Conditions Catalogue is to provide employers and employees an as practicable as possible tool to improve working conditions at the workplace.
What will change as a result of the Working Conditions Catalogue for working under hyperbaric conditions?
The working conditions policy does not change very much. The employer remains responsible for ensuring good working conditions, which at least meet the requirements of the Working Conditions Act and legislation. The employee is obliged during his activities at the work location, in accordance with his training and instructions given by the employer, to his ability to take care of his own health and safety and that of other persons involved.
This Working Conditions Catalogue contains solutions/measures to reduce risks. The solutions in this catalogue in part: “Diving work” and part: “Caisson work and other work under hyperbaric conditions” have been approved by the Labour Inspectorate.
What can and must employees do with the Working Conditions Catalogue?
In the Catalogue the protection level for the risks is defined. Employees can with the help of the Working Conditions Catalogue – in particular when it is available on internet – check themself if the work location complies. On the other hand employees are also obliged to comply with the requirements in the Working Condition Catalogue. ”I did not know!” no longer applies.
Is it compulsory to comply with the Working Condition Catalogue?
The Labour Inspectorate inspects companies for compliance with the law and legislation, taking into account the solutions in the Working Conditions Catalogue. If you deviate from these solutions, you have to reach a level of health and safety which is at least as high as when you would have followed the Working Conditions Catalogue. The Labour Inspectorate will check this.