The USCG posted guidance on what an employer needs to do in reference to drug & alcohol testing due to the COVID-19 national emergency:
COVID-19 Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements:
The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin. The purpose of the Bulletin is as follows:
To help protect our essential maritime workforce, while also ensuring drug testing continues to serve as a deterrent, the Coast Guard is providing the following guidance, which, along with any subsequent updates, will remain in effect during the COVID-19 national emergency.
The Bulletin outlines recommended actions for marine employers with mariners in safety-sensitive positions who are subject to drug testing under 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 16.
The Bulletin also states as follows:
Marine employers with specific questions or concerns regarding drug or alcohol testing over the course of the pandemic may send inquiries to the CG-INV Drug and Alcohol Program Coordinator at DAPI@uscg.mil.See All News & Events