Employees attending a rope access course may need to provide a medical certificate stating that they are fit to work at height – in addition to the standard offshore medical if they are heading offshore.
The assessment of fitness may include:
An exercise test (the Chester Step Test, which assesses aerobic capacity is the industry standard for estimating aerobic capacity).
Vision – Distance and Peripheral
Blood pressure & Heart rate
Height/Weight – BMI (body mass index).
Obesity can indicate poor levels of fitness and in conjunction with the Chester Step Test results, may indicate an unsuitability for the role.
Lung function testing.
Urine testing to check for signs of undiagnosed diabetes.
N.B. The final decision to employ, remove or prevent an employee from working at heights is ultimately the responsibility of the Employer.