The regulatory system governing all hyperbaric activity carried out by an employee was set up in 1990, at the interministerial level, by the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Secretariat of State for the Sea for all personnel subject to the Labor Code and the Maritime Labor Code. This regulation is contained in the following texts:
• the decree of January 11, 2011 relating to the protection of workers intervening in hyperbaric media permanently replaced, on January 1, 2019, the decree of March 28, 1990 which had the same object.
• the decree of December 12, 2016 defining the training procedures for the safety of workers exposed to hyperbaric risk, replaced on January 1, 2019 the decree of January 28, 1991 with which he cohabitated
the decree of 28 December 2015 repealing various provisions relating to enhanced medical surveillance of workers replaced the decree of 28 March 1991. Medical surveillance is the responsibility of occupational health, which may rely on recommendations drawn up for them by the scientific society of Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine “Medsubhyp”.
• the order of 30 October 2012 relating to intervention procedures with A mention,
• the decree of 30 October 2012 defining the procedures for access, stay, exit and organization of work for hyperbaric interventions carried out with immersion under the mention B “techniques, sciences and other interventions”
• the decree of 21 April 2016 defining the procedures for access, stay and rescue of hyperbaric activities carried out with immersion under the mention B “underwater and underwater archeology”
• the Decree of 22 December 1995 concerning personnel belonging to the Ministry of Transport (Department of Maritime Affairs and Seafarers) whose underwater maritime activities are the subject of derogations.
• The decree of February 13, 2014 establishing the professional title scaphandler public works
European Labeling EPI – Standardization
Any activity carried out in a hyperbaric and underwater environment carries significant risks for the person who practices it. The quality of the material used is paramount because it is synonymous with security.
This quality is validated by the respect of the standards of personal protective equipment
and this, in the context of many European directives.