Are you regulated by the United States Coast Guard? Are you applying for or renewing a Captains License? If yes, you need drug testing.
Immediate service is available at our drug testing centers, over 10,000 throughout the United States. For Coast Guard regulated employers, National Drug Screening offers complete programs for compliance with Coast Guard regulations for drug and alcohol testing. For Captains license we can arrange your test and get it completed with the required Coast Guard CG-719P form. This CG-719P form can be required for Periodic Drug Testing.
For immediate testing, call National Drug Screening. We have testing centers open daily in all areas of the United States.
If your business operates vessels in US waters, you are required to have a drug and alcohol testing program with random drug testing. Chemical test for dangerous drugs is required under Title 46 CFR 16.210. Policies and procedures are required. There are also requirements for drug and alcohol education and training for crewmembers and supervisors.
The US Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security, many people think the Coast Guard falls under DOT. The Coast Guard does follow DOT regulations specific to drug and alcohol testing only. Testing procedures must follow DOT regulation 49 CFR Part 40. The additional regulations for Coast Guard drug and alcohol testing are
The US Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security, many people think the Coast Guard falls under DOT. The Coast Guard does follow DOT regulations specific to drug and alcohol testing only. Testing procedures must follow DOT regulation 49 CFR Part 40. The additional regulations for Coast Guard drug and alcohol testing are 46 CFR Part 16 and 46 CFR Part 4.
Coast Guard Drug Testing in Compliance with Title 46 CFR Parts 4 and 16
What Coast Guard Employees May be Subject to Testing?
Crew members performing safety sensitive duties must be in the drug and alcohol drug testing program. Safety sensitive duties include but are not limited to:
Safety Sensitive Position: Is any position (billet) aboard a vessel, that requires the person filling that position to perform one or more safety sensitive duties or operation of a vessel on either a routine or emergency only basis. Examples of this type of crewmember may include card dealers, bartenders, game operators and service personnel aboard excursion or gaming vessels. Any person filling a safety sensitive position is subject to U.S. Coast Guard drug and alcohol testing. All crewmembers, that are responsible for the safe handling of passengers, are considered to be filling safety sensitive positions as well.
Medical Review Officer (MRO) Required for Coast Guard Drug Testing
The MRO is another entity required for the drug test program. The MRO is the recipient of the drug test results that are reported from the laboratory. The MRO being the recipient of the test results from the laboratory has many responsibilities, some of which are:
As can be seen in the above, there is a great deal of responsibility for the MRO. It is extremely important for the marine employer to select the MRO who will be doing MRO services with care. The MRO is who will be reporting verified drug test results to the marine employer.
The requirement is for MROs to be qualified in accordance with 49 CFR part 40. Once a licensed physician or D.O. is DOT qualified, they are eligible to legitimately receive DOT drug tests from a SAMHSA accredited lab. There is a continuing education course requirement for the MRO to maintain DOT qualification.
Additionally, it is advisable to let the MRO who you select know that you are a marine employer and ask if he/she is aware of the Coast Guard Return-To-Duty requirements and the role that the MRO plays in returning a mariner who has a non-negative test result returning back to work. If the MRO is not familiar with these unique Coast Guard requirements, it could prove to be a problem in the future. On occasion, MROs are reluctant to have marine employers as clients because of the unique return to work requirements.
Ten Steps to Compliance for USCG Regulated Employers
If your business is regulated by the United States Coast Guard and you have safety sensitive employees, you are required to have a drug and alcohol testing program. National Drug Screening can help you with the 10 steps to Compliance for USCG Regulated Employers.
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