New guidelines on medical assessment from IMCANews // June 22, 2009
A new guidance for use by examining physicians to help ensure the health and work-fitness of non-marine crew working on offshore construction vessels has been issued by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). The marine crew will continue to be examined to a seafarer medical standard under the relevant flag state regime.
Assessment of fitness to work on offshore vessels involves a complex and increasingly specialised evaluation, requiring knowledge of general medical problems and occupational medical issues as well as a thorough knowledge of the working environment.
‘Medical Guidelines for Non-Marine Crew Working in the Offshore Environment’ (IMCA C 012) covers general principles and specific medical conditions, as well as addressing the particular requirements for those in specific employment groups offshore. Example screening questionnaires, examination forms and certification formats are provided.
It is recommended that all individuals working on offshore vessels should be examined periodically and classified as medically fit to work in the offshore environment. “Indeed, it is the responsibility of vessel operators to ensure that people going offshore meet necessary standards of health and safety,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.
IMCA members can download the new publication via the members-only website with additional printed copies available at £2.50 for members and £5 for non-members (plus 20% for delivery outside Europe). Further information is available at www.imca-int.com and from firstname.lastname@example.org or from IMCA at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44(0)20 7824 5521.