Course 908 - Offshore Oil and Gas Safety I

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Medical Services and Support

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It is important that management ensures all workers received guidance and support in arrangements related to employee health and wellness. Arrangements need to be made for medical support during daily operations and emergencies.

The company should make authorized Rig Medics/First-Aiders available. Appropriate facilities, equipment and drugs should be located on offshore locations with backup support onshore.

The company should post telephone numbers, location, and other relative information about medical services, procedures and personnel at all oil and gas facilities.

Medication and Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are defined as medicine obtained through a doctor’s prescription.

Medication is defined as a medical treatment obtained legally, over the counter.

Medications of concern are those that inhibit or may inhibit a worker’s ability to perform their job safely and provided by the pharmacist.

The day carrier should include:

  • employee's doctor's names
  • the prescription number,
  • the date of issuance on the label

Here are some more important points about prescription drugs:

  • Each prescription should not exceed its expiration date.
  • Employees should only possess the prescribed amount of medication for a normal work shift.

Exposure Control (Bloodborne Pathogens)

All employees should assist in preventing exposure of communicable diseases to themselves, contractors, and vendors during the course of performing their duties and responsibilities.

On platforms and other facilities, it may be reasonable anticipated that employees can be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials while using first-aid supplies, employers should provide PPE.

Appropriate PPE for responding to injuries includes: gloves, gowns, face shields, masks, and eye protection.

BBP kits should be placed strategically where needed on platforms and MODU’s.

For more information, refer to your company’s Bloodborne Pathogens Program (BPP) and OSHAcademy Course 755.

Eyewash Stations


Eyewash stations should be located around the platform/MODU to provide clean water for eye washing in the event that eyes become contaminated with hazardous substances.

Make sure each station:

  • Is kept clean and free from dust, fluids, oils, greases, and other contaminants.
  • It is available for use before and during the commencement of work.
  • Bottle-type dispensers should be checked for the following:
    • tampering
    • expiration date
    • only new, closed, intact bottles are used
  • Refill-type eyewash stations should contain enough water to irrigate the eyes for 15 minutes or as defined by the manufacturer. Water should be changed out every month.
  • Test emergency showers and supplied water type eyewash stations to verify that they are working properly.

First Aid/CPR

One or more persons, trained and authorized to respond to emergencies with first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques, should be available at the worksite during normal operations.

  • First-Aid/CPR equipment and supplies should be checked and tested as necessary, and should be located to provide easy access.
  • First-Aid/CPR responders should be trained using approved courses provided by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or equivalent training.
  • Retraining in first aid should be conducted at least every 2 years to maintain competency.


Before beginning this quiz, we highly recommend you review the module material. This quiz is designed to allow you to self-check your comprehension of the module content, but only focuses on key concepts and ideas.

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1. Which of the following should be assigned to provide medical services and support on all offshore platforms?

2. Which of following actions related to the use of medications are allowed on platforms and facilities?

3. On a platform, employees should only possess the prescribed amount of medication _____.

4. What may be assumed about the presence of bloodborne pathogens on platforms and other facilities?

5. Which of the following is true regarding the use of eyewash stations on an offshore platform?

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