OGUK Oil & Gas Medicals

To work offshore you must hold a valid Offshore Medical certificate of fitness which needs renewing every 2 years.  These medicals must be completed by an Oil and Gas UK registered doctor.

We offer a full range of offshore services including helicopter passenger measurements and fitness to attend in-water training certificates – either as separate appointments or as part of an Offshore Medical.

Our competitively-priced Offshore Medicals are available at both our Stoke on Trent and Northwich sites – no need to travel to a city location.  We have appointments available on a weekly basis so why not consider booking your next medical with us?

We have excellent availability for these medicals on a weekly basis.

To book an appointment call us on 01782 574200 or email admin@hobsonhealth.co.uk.



OGUK Offshore Medical - Why is it needed? 

 It’s a requirement that all offshore workers in the UK Oil and Gas industry should have periodic examinations by an OGUK approved physician.

The certificate provided will allow the holder to travel to and work on any installation within the UK offshore sector. Some organisations and companies also accept this certificate for other geographical locations.

OGUK Offshore Medical - Who needs it?

All workers who intend to work offshore in the UK Oil and Gas industry.

OGUK Offshore Medical - How often is it needed?

These medicals usually take place every two years but can be needed more often if the worker has a medical condition which could affect their ability to work offshore.

Workers may also need this medical following sickness absence due to significant injury or illness or following an emergency medical evacuation from an offshore location.

OGUK Offshore Medical - What is the process? 

• The worker arrives at the centre and completes a medical screening questionnaire

• Height, weight and BMI are calculated

• Blood pressure and pulse are measured

• A hearing test takes place

• A urine sample is taken and tested for blood, glucose and ketones

• An eye test takes place which tests the workers’ distance, near and colour vision

• If further tests are required such as an ECG or lung function testing then this can be arranged

• A consultation with a doctor takes place

• If the worker is a member of the emergency response team then a specific medical can be booked which involves a Chester step test to assess aerobic capacity

OGUK Offshore Medical - What is being tested?

The medical seeks to establish the worker’s fitness to travel and work offshore without posing a risk to themselves.

This means meeting the following criteria:

• Fit to carry out normal working duties safely

• Fit to escape in an emergency

• Fit to take part in survival training (an EBS medical can also be booked alongside this with regards to fitness to take part in the in-water component of emergency training)

• Not be a risk to others due to a medical condition

• Not requiring ongoing medical treatment which cannot be delivered offshore

• Not taking medication which could cause side effects incompatible with the offshore location

• Not be at risk of sudden illness which requires treatment unavailable in the offshore location

OGUK EBS Medical - Why is it needed?

Workers who work offshore in the UK Oil and Gas industry need to undertake emergency training every 4 years.

Since 26 March 2016, this training has included in water emergency breathing system training (wet CA-EBS). The in-water training involves breathing compressed air from an emergency breathing system at a maximum depth of 70cm underwater. Workers need to have a fitness to train certificate before taking part in the in-water component of the emergency training as some medical conditions could put them at risk when doing this. The Fit to Train Medical seeks to identify these people so appropriate advice can be given.

OGUK EBS Medical - Who needs it?  

All workers in the UK Oil and Gas industry who need to attend an emergency training course.

OGUK EBS Medical - How often is it needed?

The emergency training certificate is usually valid for four years. A medical is required prior to such a training course and this medical is therefore likely to be needed every four years.

OGUK EBS Medical - What is the process?  

The worker arrives at the centre and completes a medical screening questionnaire. A consultation with a doctor takes place, the doctor will ask the worker about their medical history and if indicated an examination and lung function tests can be performed.

OGUK EBS Medical - What is being tested?  

The medical seeks to establish the worker’s fitness to undertake the in-water component of the emergency training course without posing a risk to themselves. It’s also an opportunity for the doctor to prepare the worker for this training by letting them know what it will involve, the potential risks and how these risks are minimised.

OGUK Bi-Deltoid Shoulder Measurement - Why is it needed?  

When travelling to offshore locations by helicopter passengers should be allocated a seat where the nearest emergency exit is compatible with their body size. In order to determine these shoulder measurements are taken so that passengers can be classified as either regular, if their shoulders are below 55.9cm in width or XBR (extra-broad), if their shoulder width is 55.9cm or greater.

OGUK Bi-Deltoid Shoulder Measurement - What happens if I’m XBR (extra-broad)?  

XBR passengers are allocated a seat which has access to a larger exit. This shouldn’t affect a passenger’s ability to get to an offshore location as at least 30% of the seats on a helicopter will be allocated to XBR passengers.

OGUK Bi-Deltoid Shoulder Measurement - What is the difference between a regular seat and an XBR seat? 

The only difference between a regular seat and an XBR seat is its location within the aircraft. XBR seats are adjacent to wider exits, this won’t necessarily be a window seat.

OGUK Bi-Deltoid Shoulder Measurement - Who needs this assessment?  

All personnel who travel by helicopter to an offshore oil and gas installation are required to have their shoulders formally measured by a specially trained person. A passenger who hasn’t had their shoulder width measured will be automatically classified as XBR. This restricts the seats they’re permitted to sit in and therefore can mean that they won’t be allowed on certain flights.

OGUK Bi-Deltoid Shoulder Measurement - How often is it needed?  

If a passenger’s shoulder measurement is 54.8cm or above then they will need to get re-measured at frequent intervals. It is recommended that these remeasurements are aligned with BOSIET expiry.

OGUK Bi-Deltoid Shoulder Measurement - Are other measurements needed?   

Shoulder width is a musculoskeletal dimension, it has been deemed as the most reliable and appropriate measure of body size in terms of establishing compatibility with the size of the nearest exit. The abdomen can change shape significantly in response to compression and neither this, body weight or body mass index (BMI) can be considered an accurate reflection of a person’s compatibility with an exit.

OGUK Bi-Deltoid Shoulder Measurement - Will survival suits and clothing affect the measurement?

No, the size of survival suits and clothing has been incorporated into the measurement. What should I wear for being measured? It is important that the measurer can access your upper arms so they can take the measurement at the correct position. For this reason when the measurement is taken you should either be topless or wear a sleeveless top.