THE FOUNDATION NETHERLANDS TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE CENTRE HYPERBARIC LABOUR
The growth of commercial diving in the seventies, accompanied by an alarming rise in the number of fatal diving accidents, as well as the expected growth in the eighties caused the need for strict medical examination and supervision of Netherlands divers. The Netherlands was not the only country that considered this necessary, all North Sea countries felt the need: the European Diving Technology Committee -EDTC- was founded, Norwegian and British legislation came into being, the Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) was working on legislation. At that moment in time the Royal Navy's Diving Medical Centre was the only institute in the Netherlands holding medical examinations for divers; it was also the only place where diving accidents could be treated. For this reason the Ministry of Defense became involved and this ministry on march 6, 1981 decided to found a committee to study the foundation of a National Diving Centre. The Program Committee was asked to give a more tangible contents to the future Foundation, management and a program of activities.
The Working party's proposal for the composition of the board was accepted and the program of activities was made part of the aims of the Foundation.
In the middle of 1986 the Program Committee was dissolved and the foundation was officially started. In 1987 the Netherlands Diving Centre was founded.
The Netherlands Diving Centre, a non profit organisation, aimed to serve the Netherlands diving community. Its Board consisted of representatives of the government, the unions, the industry and sports diving with an independent chairman.
In 2012 new legislation about certification of persons was introduced by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. This government policy let to transforming of the NDC. The new system based on the international ISO IEC Norm 17024; certification of persons, has also her influence on the hierarchy of the sector.
New organisations were founded:
Portal sector and government: Foundation Hyperbaric Labour www.werkenonderoverdruk.nl
Certifying Institute: Netherlands Diving Centre Certifying Institute: www.ndcci.nl
Advocacy: The Netherlands Training and Knowledge Centre Hyperbaric Labour www.nokwoo.nl
Aims of the NOK
The main goal of the foundation is the promotion of the interest of the Netherlands civil diving community in general.
The Netherlands Association of Diving Contractors, www.nado.nu, has 4 members in the Board including representatives of the government and the union.
NOK collects and manages the expertise of the civil industry and from one point knowledge will be shared in order to improve safety and quality. Improving diving safety and quality is a continuing process. A result of this aim is the Dutch Working Conditions Catalogue. A product of a cooperation with Ministry of Defense (military divers) and Fire Brigade (rescue divers) . The civil industry combined knowledge of professional diving sector, caisson sector en hyperbaric centres. For General information
The Working Conditions Catalogue for working under hyperbaric conditions includes executing of diving work, hyperbaric medicine work, caisson work and other work under hyperbaric conditions and is applicable to all employers and employees involved in executing of diving work, hyperbaric medicine work, caisson work and other work under hyperbaric conditions.
In this Catalogue risks are mentioned, which may occur when executing work under hyperbaric conditions. For all these risks are defined which minimum control measures an employer and employee shall take in order to manage these risks.
NOK stimulates research, gives training courses, and informed the sector about legislation, about health and safety for hyperbaric labour which is for 90% professional diving. NOK also maintains a network for realizing international recognition and adjustment.
NOK is a recognized training institute per 30 September 2015 conform SWOD Protocol - recognition of training institutes. (also part of the Dutch certification system based on the Norm 17024)).
For the IMCA supervisor who wants to work in the Dutch sector Foundation NOK is recognized to give the Dutch Module for IMCA Supervisors. This extra training is needed for the certification process for obtaining a Dutch certificate or a license (proof of Assessment for working approx 40 days on a yearly base in the Dutch sector).
For more information about certification processes please view the website of the Netherlands Diving Centre Certifying Institute - NDC-CI - www.ndcci.nl
Dutch Diving Legislation (pdf file 4Mb)