New Guidelines for Controlling Drug and Alcohol Use at Sea

June 26, 2020

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© donvictori0 / Adobe Stock

New guidance from the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) addresses the potentially serious impact and risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol, drugs or other impairing substances by maritime personnel on board ships.

Research has shown that a properly designed random workplace drug and alcohol testing program can mitigate the risk of inappropriate drug and alcohol use and reduce workplace incidents and accidents.

OCIMF says its new guideline applies to operators of marine vessels and terminal operators associated with ship and shore operations. It does not address drug and alcohol testing associated with substance abuse treatment, return to work and aftercare testing.

The guidance can be viewed here.

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