CHESTER STEP TEST
OGUK OFFSHORE MEDICAL
These modules are a little different than the others provided by Complete Training Solutions, as rather than being training courses in the usual sense, they are offshore medical checks and tests that must be passed to work in certain roles specific to the offshore engineering industries.
Complete Training Solutions are able to provide these offshore medical tests and checks alongside our training modules for the industry – they can be completed separately from any of our offshore industry training courses, in person at our Glacier Buildings premises in Brunswick, Liverpool.
Find out more details about each of the offshore industry medical checks we offer below or contact us with any enquiries or to book a suitable date for the test you need. You can call CTS on 0151 708 9785 to book or to ask about our offshore medical checks and training courses.
This important safety test certifies personnel as being suitable to fly to and from offshore working platforms in a helicopter, based on shoulder width, which is a factor in ease of access and exit from helicopter cabins.
Individuals with larger bi-deltoid shoulder measurements will be certified as Extra Broad (XBR), a designation that requires them to travel with direct access to a Type IV emergency exit.
This, in turn, offers a minimum diagonal aperture of 27.75 inches, and this important certification ensures that in an emergency or even during routine entry and exit from the aircraft, XBR personnel will not be hampered by trying to fit through a doorway that is not large enough for their frame.
As well as ensuring passenger comfort and safety, this is now a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling in a helicopter to and from offshore rigs and other offshore working environments, and certified XBR individuals must be in a seat with good access to a Type IV push-out emergency exit or larger.
Chester Step Test
The Chester Step Test is a check of general fitness and often used as a prerequisite to work in physically demanding roles.
A Chester Step Test medical consists of:
- Calculation of 100% and 80% maximum heart rate (based on 220 bpm – age).
- Two minutes of stepping at 15 steps per minute, followed by heart rate measurement.
- Two minutes of stepping at 20 steps per minute, followed by heart rate measurement.
- Repeated again at 25, 30 and 35 steps per minute.
- Test is halted if heart rate exceeds 80% level or participant reports perceived exertion rate over 14 out of 20.
By repeatedly measuring your heart rate as the stepping rate increases, the test can provide an indication of your overall physical fitness – and ideally, your pulse should not exceed the value of 0.8 x (220 – age).
The perceived exertion rate is a useful secondary check of how you are feeling throughout the test. At each stage, you may be asked to estimate your own level of exertion from a chart with levels ranging from 6 to 20.
If at any point your heart rate rises to a potentially dangerous level or your perceived exertion is higher than 14, the test will be halted for your own safety.
Finally, the results will be plotted on a chart against your 100% and 80% maximum heart rate thresholds, allowing for an informed decision to be made based on your actual fitness before you are allowed to work in physically demanding roles.
OGUK Offshore Medical Check
An Oil & Gas UK Offshore Medical Check covers several different aspects of your personal health that could affect your ability to work in an offshore environment and especially in a hazardous location.
It includes such aspects of general physical health and wellbeing as:
- Blood pressure and heart rate measurement.
- Body Mass Index (BMI), height and weight measurement.
- Hearing test (audiogram).
- Lung function test (peak flow).
- Near distance and colour vision checks.
- Routine urine analysis.
There will also be a patient questionnaire and consultation with a qualified medical professional, and some general screening to ensure you are fit to work in the North Sea and other UK offshore territories.
A OGUK Offshore Medical Check should be completed at least once every two years to continue to work in UK offshore oil and gas disciplines.
How to Book
These offshore industry medical checks and tests are a little different than our usual training courses. To book an upcoming slot at our premises in the Glacier Buildings in Brunswick, Liverpool, please contact Complete Training Solutions directly.