Abermed Has Evolved

Our company is changing. Formerly known as Abermed, International SOS is a trusted provider of occupational health and medical services to the global oil and gas industry.

Our mission is to improve the health, safety and operating performance of our clients' operations across the Northern Seas.

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Our Capability

With a team of trusted specialists covering every area of occupational health and medical services, we have the capacity, experience and knowledge to work efficiently alongside the industry's professionals.

Both on and offshore, our expertise is led by an intimate understanding of the sector's unique needs.

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Our Services

We understand that oil and gas is a challenging sector, involving remote locations, testing conditions and occupational risks.

We provide specialist occupational health and remote medical services tailored to the unique requirements of the industry, from a one-off medical to 24/7 topside support.

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We understand that it is critical to maintain the safest, healthiest working environments both on  and offshore. But it's an area that can challenge even the most competent HR departments.

International SOS has the knowledge and experience to fully support you in managing this issue discreetly and effectively. Beyond the provision of testing and delivery of results, we can advise on policy development and professionally review your Drug and Alcohol Policy in accordance with the current guidelines and ensuring adherence to a robust Chain of Custody compliance.

Alcohol testing

Guaranteeing accuracy and reliability, we use a regularly calibrated breathalyser similar to those trusted by police services. Our process promotes safer working and delivers precise results quickly.

Evidential and non-evidential drug testing

Our comprehensive drug testing services are completed in two timely, cost-effective stages. These can be carried out within a clinic environment and offsite. We can advise of suitable facilities on request.

Stage one: Non-evidential testing. A urine sample is tested in the presence of the donor. This dip-test reveals the presence of any of the substances being tested for.

Positive samples are packaged using a strict chain of custody procedure then sent to a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service)-approved laboratory for confirmatory testing.

Stage two: Evidential testing. The urine sample is laboratory-tested at UK Workplace Drug Testing cut-off levels. Results will be categorically negative or positive and are legally defensible.

Six-point substance drug tests

These are used by most UK-based companies and test for presence of:

Ten-point substance drug tests

Ten-point substances tests are typically used by organisations whose policies are developed in the USA.

Receiving results

International SOS will advise you of non-negative results with an immediate phone call to the nominated HR or medical focal point. This will be followed by a call from a doctor during which you can discuss the result, ask questions and receive advice regarding your options. We will also send you a letter detailing all required results information.

Negative results completed at International SOS sites are acknowledged with a certificate issued on the day of the test. 

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