What is an OGUK Physical?

An offshore oil rig is pictured on the water with a landscape of hills in the background.

If you work on an offshore oil drilling rig or drilling platform, you must undergo an offshore medical exam. 

Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) sets a standard of fitness to be reached by anyone working within the industry. Due to the working conditions, safety is a top priority for this industry and it’s vital that every employee be fit for duty.

The exam is much like a standard physical exam, except an OGUK physical is more comprehensive and must be performed by a licensed, OGUK qualified physician.

According to Oil & Gas UK (OGUK), OGUK registered physicians will:

Have knowledge of the offshore environment and remote medicine

Demonstrate knowledge of, or possess a qualification in, occupational medicine

Have access to appropriate examination facilities

Undertake an OGUK one-day training programm in offshore medical assessment – it is expected attendees will have sufficient understanding of and ability in spoken English to participate in the training without an interpreter

Understand the principles of the risk-based approach embodied in these guidelines

Source: OGUK Doctors

What Does an OGUK Physical Include?

Dr. Terry Taylor and Dr. Kevin Michaels are the only credentialed OGUK physicians in Mobile and routinely perform these exams, which include:

  • Patient Health History Questionnaire
  • Physical examination
  • Urinalysis and other labs determined by the physician
  • Body Mass Index – a measurement of height and weight
  • Vision test for near, distance, and color vision
  • Pulse and blood pressure measurement
  • Lung function test
  • Audiogram (hearing test)
  • Consultation with a licensed, OGUK qualified physician

Why choose OHC for your OGUK Physical?

Not many physicians are OGUK certified. Drs. Taylor and Michaels are the only two in the state of Alabama credentialed to perform these exams. 

OHC offers flexible appointment times at two offices, in Mobile, Alabama and in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

We understand your time is important and we work to schedule your appointment in a timely manner. If you are in need of an OGUK physical, please call 251-434-6770 to get more information on the OGUK Physicals.


Occupational Health Center offers employers a large array of health services designed to maximize the effectiveness of your valued employees. With a strong focus on workers’ compensation claims, our services promote the continued well-being of your employees’ health and their return to work.

For more than 10 years, the business, industrial, and corporate communities have placed their trust in our doctors to provide medical care, services, and testing for thousands of their employees. 

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