Why Carry Out Employee Testing in the Maritime Industry
Drug abuse or alcohol misuse at sea is a danger to the crew, vessel and fellow seafarers. With approximately 80% of maritime accidents caused by human error, consumption of drugs and alcohol increases the likelihood of incidents occurring due to the effect they have on a person’s cognitive ability. In addition, they can also affect a person’s chance of survival should any issues occur at sea.
Regular screening of drugs and alcohol is recommended for employees within the maritime industry. This is to prevent drugs and alcohol from impairing the ability of the crew and to identify, minimise and eliminate safety hazards.