Offshore environment

The offshore working environment is quite special because of its relative isolation. In a way it is comparable with seafarers but it can sometimes be even more isolated. Most offshore installations are also reached by helicopter, which means that offshore workers must be fit and able to participate in offshore helicopter accident and cold water survival training (also called BOSIET). This potentially means dealing with severe emergency situations, such as a helicopter ditching in the sea followed by cold water survival and rescue.

For these reasons the Oil & Gas UK, the representative body of the offshore industry, has published industry guidelines for the medical fitness of offshore personnel.

The examination for your offshore fitness certificate contains the following elements:

  1. Detailed medical history questionnaire. (Please bring any medication with you to the appointment).
  2. Audiogram, urine test (for blood, protein and sugar), height , weight and any examination you or your employer may require in addition (for instance drugs and alcohol screening, emergency response team exercise test)
  3. Discussion of your health questionnaire with the physician
  4. Detailed physical examination (for an outline of the detailed medical examination please consult the page on diving via the services overview)
  5. Discussion of findings and/or restrictions of note
  6. Issue of your certificate

Because of the required detail and the number of variable tests, the examination usually takes between 01.00-01.30h. 


  • Basic offshore medical including OGUK certificate: £120 (plus VAT), ERT medical additional charge of £30 (plus VAT).
  • Drugs & alcohol screening: only after prior agreement with your employer, cost to be determined.
  • Additional Norwegian certificate: + £20 (plus VAT)

Please note: payment by cash or cheque only. Company invoice by prior agreement only.

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