Advisory: WorkplaceNL extends validity of occupational diving medicals

St. John’s, NL – WorkplaceNL is further extending the validity of the commercial diver’s certificate of medical fitness as divers may not be able to obtain a medical examination, or feel uncomfortable attending medical appointments, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Occupational divers with a commercial diver’s certificate of medical fitness that expires between February 28 and August 1, 2020 can dive up to and including October 1, 2020.

Under normal circumstances, a valid certificate of medical fitness is required to dive and is renewed annually or more frequently if clinically indicated.

Employers and supervisors are required to continually assess the competency and medical fitness of occupational divers to ensure they can work safely. If a divers’ competency or level of medical fitness is not satisfactory, employers and supervisors should stop the diver from performing work immediately.

WorkplaceNL will provide another update if there are further changes. For more information, please contact

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Serving approximately 13,000 injured workers and 17,500 employers, WorkplaceNL administers an employer-funded, no-fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers compensation to injured workers and their dependents.

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