Oil and Gas Medical
Medicals are carried out to ensure the individual is fit for working / travelling within the oil and gas environment. Medical assessments are carried out at medical centres by a doctor.
The OGUK Offshore medical confirms the candidate is fit to work within the UK sector and North Sea. The certificate lasts 2 years - it has to be valid for your entire offshore trip.
To find your closest doctor go to:
ENG1 Medicals and equivalent
The ENG1 is a basic medical examination, carried out by an MCA certified doctor, confirming that you are in a fit condition to work on board.
The following link provides information on how and where to get these Medicals:
According to the MSN 1815, there are Countries whose national seafarer medical certificates are accepted as equivalent to the UK’s ENG 1 medical certificate.
You can find those countries listed on the GOV.uk website below:
In date OGUK certificates will now cover work in Norway.
*Every person working offshore must hold a medical*
Bideltoid - Shoulder Measurements
New regulations brought into the UK as of 1st April state that all helicopter passengers must be seated next to a window to suit there body size. The Shoulder measurement is taken by specifically trained trainers and medics and can be obtained from medical centres. From the 1st April it will be offered as a package with the OGUK medicals.
Survivals are carried out to ensure the individual is aware of safety procedures for working/ travelling within the oil and gas environment. Survival assessments must be OPITO accredited
To find the closest training provider please go to:
BOSIET – Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training
A BOSIET course consists of four modules, Safety induction, helicopter safety and escape (HUET), sea survival and First aid, fire fighting and self rescue. A BOSIET is a 3 day course and is recognised internationally, the certificate lasts 4 years – it has to be valid for your entire offshore trip.
FOET – Further Offshore Emergency Training
A FOET is the one day refresher course and should be taken when your BOSIET is about to expire. If you do not take the FOET until after your BOSIET expires you will have to do the full BOSIET (3 days) again. The certificate lasts 4 years – your FOET or BOSIET has to be valid for your entire offshore trip.
*Every person working offshore must hold a BOSIET/FOET qualification*
OLF – Escape Chute Training
An OLF gives an understanding of how escape chutes are used as escape in times of emergency. This is a requirement for anyone working in Norwegian waters. Again OLF certificates are OPITO accredited and can be obtained from any OPITO training provider.
To find the closest training provider please go to:
MIST – Minimum Industry Safety Training
The course takes 2 days and is designed to introduce the fundamental safety elements of the offshore industry. The course includes 5 modules to be completed. The MIST course certificates are OPITO accredited and can be obtained from any OPITO training provider.
Most clients will require a MIST, BOSIET and valid Medical for work taking place on an oil rig. A MIST certificate will last for 4 years and can be revalidated before the expiry date with an online assessment.
CA–EBS - Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System
A CA-EBS is a new course which takes 1.5 hours, you must attend an OPITO training centre to undertake.
To find your closest training provider please go to: http://www.opito.com/training-providers
The course covers new emergency response training for travelling to / from offshore projects via helicopter. You must have a BOSIET / FOET certificate to attend the course.
*This is a requirement for any work undertaken in the UK*
As of Monday 15th February 2016, OPITO have confirmed that the Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA EBS) will run in conjunction with their survival courses (BOSIET/FOET/HUET) as a standard attachment, along with the current Emergency Breathing System (EBS).
For further information please visit www.opito.com
Seaman's Books and Seaman's Cards
You need a seaman's discharge book if you are a British Seafarer, or are working on a UK-registered ship or yacht.
UK Seaman’s Discharge Book
A seaman’s discharge book is a full record of a seaman’s career experience and certification.
You need a discharge book if you are either:
UK Seaman’s Card
For advice on how to apply for either a British seaman’s discharge book or a British seaman's card, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Panamanian Seaman’s Book
Panamanian Seaman’s Books are similar to UK Seaman’s books but can be advantageous for various reasons;
IMCA logbooks are a way to record training, competence assessments and working experiences, it can be used to record employment, qualifications, certificates and continuous professional development.
The below link leads to the IMCA website where logbooks can be purchased:
If you are working in areas where you might be at risk of Yellow Fever, i.e. West Africa, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccination from your doctor/vaccination centre. The yellow fever vaccine is given as a single injection and will last 10 year and takes 10 days to be present in your body, so you must get the vaccination minimum of 10 days before you travel. After 10 years you will need to get a booster vaccination and this will be active in your body immediately.
You will receive an International Certificate of Vaccination (yellow card) that has been validated by the vaccination centre. You will need to take this with you as proof of vaccination to enter certain countries.
For more information go to http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Yellow-fever/Pages/Prevention.aspx