Offshore Medicals

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Although Oil and Gas UK sets out the minimum to be included in the offshore medical, sometimes doctors carry out a more in-depth examination if need be.

A typical examination will begin with you filling out a form on your medical history and lifestyle.

Following this, the following will be carried out:

  • Physical examination by the doctor
  • Height, weight and resultant Body Mass Index calculation
  • Blood pressure and pulse
  • Vision testing
  • Lung function testing
  • Hearing test
  • Urine check

The doctor will also discuss the form you filled in, and carry out any additional checks they think necessary.

An OGUK medical certificate is valid for a maximum of 2 years. Occasionally, employers request the examination to be carried out more frequently.

Some employers may ask for additional checks, e.g. drug test, to be carried out.


  • To bring a certified photo ID such passport or driving licence
  • To bring your glasses (and spares) / contact lenses if worn; Ideally you should not wear the contacts at the time of the appointment
  • To avoid exposure to loud noise for 16 hrs prior to your appointment
  • To bring any medication, doctor/ hospital letters and relevant investigations results
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