Medical standards for fishery officers
Learn what mental and physical medical standards you’ll have to meet to be a fishery officer.
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Your duties require that you can see in a variety of lighting conditions, and that you have proper red, green and blue colour vision. You also need good peripheral and night vision for safety and operational reasons.
You must be able to:
- distinguish colours
- detect signal and navigation lights
- identify objects and people at a distance to accurately testify in court
You must pass a vision test to become a fishery officer. The standard without corrective lenses is 6/60 in both eyes. This means you can see at 6 metres what someone with standard vision can see from 60 metres away.
If you need corrective lenses, your:
- better eye must be able to see at 6 metres what someone with standard vision can see from 9 metres away
- other eye must be able to see at 6 metres what someone with standard vision can see from 15 metres away
You don’t need to periodically test your colour vision unless your eyes change significantly, such as needing new glasses.
If you have reduced vision, you can still meet the requirements for the position if your doctor indicates that:
- with corrective lenses, your:
- better eye can see at 6 metres what someone with standard vision can see from 9 metres away
- other eye can see at 6 metres what someone with standard vision can see from 60 metres away
- your depth perception is suitable
- your visual defect is unlikely to interfere with performing your duties safely
- your peripheral vision allows you to see 120 degrees in your horizontal field of vision
You’ll need to get tested yearly if you have a condition that’s responsible for reducing your vision.
Fishery officers are expected to understand voice communication when others are speaking, shouting or using radio, often with background noise. Good hearing includes directional sense so you’ll be able to identify from which direction a pistol shot originated.
To perform fishery officer duties, you must have normal:
- manual dexterity for using pepper spray, a baton, firearms and handcuffs
To be a fishery officer, you’ll need to deal with physical activity in bad weather or during stressful operations. Land- and sea-based employees are required to participate in a limited physical fitness assessment program which tests:
- upper body strength
- cardiovascular fitness
You must be able to lift and carry heavy loads unassisted over rough ground and uphill.
As a fishery officer, you must not suffer from a medical condition:
- which could result in sudden incapacitation or require emergency medical care
- such as a vascular disease, including Raynaud's or Berger's disease, which limit blood flow
You should be vaccinated for:
- hepatitis B
Your mental health should be stable. You must not suffer from psychological issues that would:
- prohibit you from using a firearm
- result in an aggressive response in a stressful situation
- lead to unsafe behaviour while carrying out your enforcement duties
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