Keeping You On Course
At sea or on waterways, alcohol and drugs are even more dangerous than on land because of the changing environment. The motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray, can emphasise the effects of taking drugs or alcohol. This leads to a strong decrease in awareness and hazard perception.
Due to the regulations involving substance misuse within the maritime industry, many companies are trying to put policies in place that restrict or eliminate the amount of drugs or alcohol being taken by their crew. Despite this, accidents still happen at sea.
Regular screening of drugs and alcohol is recommended for employees operating within the maritime industry. This is to prevent drugs and alcohol from impairing the ability of the crew which results in minimising and eliminating safety hazards.