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United States Coast Guard (USCG) COVID-19 Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements

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.

Please click here for additional details on Random, Pre-Employment Testing, Post-Casualty Testing for Serious Marine Incidents, and Reasonable Cause Testing.

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