UK updates health guidelines

Oil & Gas UK has published revised medical guidelines setting out good practice for assessing the health of personnel working offshore in the UK sector.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK --Oil & Gas UK has published revised medical guidelines setting out good practice for assessing the health of personnel working offshore in the UK sector.

The newly re-written guidelines are designed to reflect a new approach aimed at matching an individual's fitness with his or her work specialty. The guidelines will include new sections on organ transplants and allergies, with revised sections on psychiatric and endocrine disorders, alcohol dependence and drug abuse.

"The confirmation of an appropriate level of fitness is essential in our industry because of the nature and location of work on offshore platforms," said Oil & Gas UK HSSE director Chris Allen.

"Previous editions of the guidelines did not determine the risks posed by offshore work and the worker's health status on an individual basis, but were based on general rules and assumptions. The new updated guidelines focus on a risk-based assessment on a case by case basis and are hence beneficial both for the worker and the employer."

04/22/2008

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