I have 12 years experience as a GP in South Tyneside and have close links with South Tyneside Marine College. I am an approved examiner for Oil & Gas UK (formerly UKOOA) and previously, the Norwegian Board of Health also. I am therefore certified to perform medicals as required for the UK and North Sea Offshore Oil & Gas industry as well as for work in other areas where this certification is required.
A reciprocal arrangement (Hardanger agreement) is in place that allows Oil & Gas UK medicals to be accepted for work in Norway, Holland and vice versa. As of 2014 onwards, Norwegian Offshore Medicals will in effect only be issued by Norwegian doctors. The mutual recognition does NOT extend to the additional medicals for those involved in Emergency Response Duties.
RenewableUK have introduced their own medical and standards of fitness. This recommends the inclusion of a Exercise Response Test for physically demanding roles such as Wind Turbine Technicians.
As of 1st April 2015, Step Change in Safety, in conjunction with the CAA, have introduced the need for helicopter passengers travelling to and from offshore installations in the North Sea to have their shoulder width measured by appropriately trained individuals. Those who's width is 22" or greater will be classed as Extra Broad (XBR) and required to sit next to an appropriately sized window.
New as of 26th March 2018, for those undertaking the Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS) training as part of BOSIET, you will need to undertake a Fitness To Train FTT assessment. This is to identify those with respiratory problems, cardiac or Ear Nose and Throat ENT conditions that may contraindicate in-water training.
Absolute contraindications to EBS training are for those with the following conditions:
- Spontaneous Pneumothorax
- Cystic Fibrosis
Patients with Asthma and COPD will need to undergo Spirometry and pass a minimum standard
Referral for a hospital specialist opinion may be required for the following individuals:
- Asthma and COPD patients who fail the minimum standard of spirometry
- Any other lung or heart conditions that affects the ability to exercise
- ENT conditions where they have been advised to avoid immersion / diving.
Oil & Gas UK (OGUK / UKOOA)
Danish Maritime Medical
Oil &Gas UK + Danish Maritime Medical
RenewableUK Medical ( Wind Turbine Medical )
(includes Exercise Response Test)
Oil & Gas UK + RenewableUK Medical
Company Specific Medical
Shoulder width measurement
(Bideltoid / shoulder breadth)
Fitness To Train for EBS (without medical)
Fitness To Train for EBS (with medical)
Exercise Response Test - Chester Step (with medical)
Exercise Response Test (without medical)
10 point urine drug screen (with medical)
10 point urine drug screen (without medical)
Alcohol Breath test
The assessments last approximately 30 minutes and involves examination of the main systems of the body, including Audiometry (hearing test), Spirometry (lung function) and a Urine test to screen for diabetes or the presence of blood.
For the shoulder width measurement you will need to wear a sleeveless top or remove your upper garments. A chaperone can be made available if requested.
If you have any medical conditions, had surgery or take medication, please ensure you advise me in advance of the appointment so that there are no delays in obtaining additional information that may be required before a certificate can be issued?
The additional tests listed are undertaken if specifically requested by the employer and only with the consent of the applicant.
You will need to provide the following: