Mariner Medical Improvements

The fact is, United States (U.S.) mariners are aging, and the increase in average age contributes to additional medical conditions. New medical guidelines involve more detail and more frequent medical examinations, so rather than perpetuating the practice of trying to get healthy enough to pass a physical only one day every five years, the goal now is for each mariner to be healthy enough to pass any physical exam any day of any week. Fitness for duty is every mariner’s responsibility. This protects the public, the mariner, and other members of the crew. For example, when crewmembers aren’t fit for duty, medical evacuations put the mariner, other members of the crew, and the vessel at increased risk. Most medical evacuations from offshore are not related to occupational injury or trauma, approximately 80 percent are related to pre-existing medical issues.


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  • Accession Number: 01640136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2017 7:44PM