COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements

USCG Navigation Circulars(NVICs) and Policy

Document Number:10-20
Type of Document:MSIB
Published Date:March 27, 2020
Effective Date:March 27, 2020
Current Status:Effective
To help protect essential maritime workforce while ensuring drug testing continues to serve as a deterrent, the Coast Guard provided the attached guidance, which, along with any subsequent updates, will remain in effect during the COVID-19 national emergency.

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 include details on the following:
  • Random Testing
  • Pre-Employment Testing
  • Post-Casualty Testing for Serious Marine Incidents
  • Reasonable Cause Testing

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 (The USCG District 8 OCS OCMI is also in alignment with this MSIB.)
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