|Medical fitness for the offshore worker|
Every offshore worker must undergo and pass a medical examination which classifies them as medically fit to work in the offshore environment. Different offshore authorities have different requirements. For UK waters, only physicians who are approved by the United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association Health Advisory Committee should carry out the examination.
Offshore workers must be able to:
- Safely undertake their assigned duties
- Escape from platforms or helicopter in emergency
- Take part in offshore survival training
- Pose no significant health or safety risks to others
- Require no medical treatment that cannot be provided offshore
- Need no medical treatment with significant side effects for offshore work
- Be free from risk of sudden illness that cannot be treated offshore
The offshore medical certificate, as it is commonly known, is only valid for a limited time, and you need to renew it to continue working offshore. The frequency for renewal depends on the authority controlling the asset you are visiting and your age.
For UK waters, all assets are controlled by OGUK (formerly UKOOA) and renewals are necessary 2-yearly, with effect from 1 Jan 2007, irrespective of the age of the offshore person. Individual Operators retain the right to request medical assessments more frequently.
A typical examination will begin with you filling out an extensive form on your medical history, and lifestyle e.g. exercises etc. After this there will be a:
• Urine check
• Height, weight and resultant Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation
• Blood pressure
• Basic eye sight test
• Lung capacity check
• Hearing test
• A physical examination by a
• The doctor will also discuss the form you filled in, and carry out any additional checks they think necessary e.g. blood sample if required
• Certificate of examination
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