HSE issued updated guidance on 27 May 2021 setting out a proportionate and flexible approach so that medical assessment of commercial divers could continue.
The guidance came into effect on 27 May 2021. HSE will continue to review it as appropriate.
The advice on this page provides a further update, taking account of the easing of restrictions.
Arrangements for initial and annual medical assessments
All divers must have a full medical in accordance with the requirements of MA1.
Additionally, under the Diving at Work Regulations 1997:
- divers must not dive in a diving project if they know of anything, including any illness or medical condition, which makes them unfit to dive; and
- under certain circumstances following illness or injury, divers must be re-examined by an approved medical examiner of divers (AMED) to assess their fitness to return to work.
Specific guidance in relation to COVID-19 infection is provided below.
When you can return to diving after COVID-19 infection
|COVID-19 status||Minimum recovery time (with no symptoms) before diving can resume||Return to work assessment by an AMED required|
|Previously asymptomatic and tested positive for coronavirus||1 month||No|
|Previously had mild symptoms that improved within a week with complete recovery. Back to your usual levels of fitness||1 month||No|
|Previously had moderate symptoms. Back to your usual levels of fitness||2 months||Yes|
|Previously had severe symptoms requiring hospitalisation. Back to your usual levels of fitness||3 months||Yes|
Contacting us if you have questions
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
We review and update this page regularly to reflect changes in guidance.
Page last reviewed: 19 July 2021
Next review due: 31 July 2021