Drug, pharmaceutical substances and alcohol testing in the Maritime Industry
Why Test for drug, pharmaceutical substances and alcohol in the Maritime Industry?
Any use of drug, pharmaceutical substances or alcohol in the maritime industry is forbidden and it is considered dangerous as it puts at risk passengers’ and crew’s safety on board. Marine working conditions (motion, engine noise, wind) in combination with the effects of drug, pharmaceutical substances, and alcohol abuse (decreased alertness, balance, and concentration) increases the risk of accidents.
Below is a brief description of the reasons that the maritime industry is susceptible to the drugs, pharmaceutical substances, and alcohol abuse according to the International Maritime Organization.
Workplace Sample Collection
Drug, pharmaceutical substances, and alcohol testing in the maritime industry should be conducted in different time frames to all crewmembers during their occupation on board. Sample collection can be carried out randomly without any prior notice to the existing crew but also to the candidates for recruitment, and in cases of cause screening as well as post incident evaluation.
Testing can be performed:
Regular drug, pharmaceutical substances and alcohol testing is recommended.
A regular testing system is recommended to tackle drug, pharmaceutical substances, and alcohol abuse in the maritime industry. Shipping companies are responsible for the crewmembers and passengers’ safety on board and the prevention of these incidents is part of this process.
At DNAlogy we offer solutions that meet the needs of the maritime’s industry, providing a reliable testing of drug, pharmaceutical substances, and alcohol as well as a wide variety of services that serve the policy of each company.
DNAlogy is an international member of the National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA)
DNAlogy is an international member of the National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) which aims to the maintenance of safe and drug and alcohol-free workplaces. Through this worldwide partnership, the development of international drug and alcohol testing standards is ensured, in combination with the existing internationally recognized and established standards.