Industry group Step Change in Safety has revealed its measurement strategy for helicopter passengers travelling to and from offshore installations.
The move comes after Step Change announced last year that passengers will be measured by the width of their shoulders for flights.
Those whose shoulders measure greater than 22inches (55.9cm) will be classified as extra broad.
Extra broad passengers will be required to sit in a helicopter seat that’s closest window is compatible with their shoulder size.
Les Linklater, executive director for Step Change in Safety, said: “This strategy is the simplest and most effective way to make sure helicopter passengers are measured correctly, and that passengers are transported safely to and from offshore installations.
“The Passenger Size workgroup has worked hand-in-hand with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and has been informed by Dr Arthur Stewart, an expert on anthropometry at Robert Gordon University.
“Dr Stewart is an internationally-acclaimed expert in this field and we are grateful for his guidance and support throughout the process.
“This measurement strategy marks the evolution of helicopter safety and is another major step towards ensuring the UK is the safest oil province in the world to work in.”
Helicopter passengers will be measured by specially-trained medics either on offshore installations or at onshore medical centres.
Measurement places will be available from the beginning of February and can be booked through medical providers.