USCG Employers

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, Goat Moves Drug Testing 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 Goat Moves Drug Testing. 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

  • Testing conducted under these regulations is limited to five dangerous drugs (marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and phencyclidine (PCP)) and alcohol.
  • Urine samples for drug testing must be analyzed at Health and Human Services (HHS) certified labs in accordance with DOT procedures contained in 49 CFR 40.
  • Testing for drugs is conducted through urine samples, while testing for alcohol in the marine industry may be conducted using breath or blood. DOT 49 CFR 40 procedures must be followed.
  • The marine employer must establish an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This EAP must include education and training.
  • Marine employers must make a written report to the Coast Guard of all positive drug tests resulting from any required testing of any individual who has a license, COR, or MMD issued by the Coast Guard.

Required Testing:

Pre-employment

A crew member must pass a drug test before an employer may employ him/her. A prospective crewmember who submits a urine sample cannot be employed until a negative test result is confirmed.

Random

An employer must conduct random drug testing of certain crewmembers at an annual rate of not less than 25%.

Periodic

Periodic tests are the responsibility of the individual mariner, not the marine employer, for transactions involving licenses, CORs, or MMDs. Drug test results must be submitted to the Coast Guard Regional Exam Center at the time of the license, COR, or MMD transaction.

Reasonable cause

An employer shall require any crew member who is reasonably suspected of using drugs to be tested for drugs and/or alcohol.

Post-accident

 A person (not necessarily a crewmember) who is directly involved in a serious marine incident must be tested for drugs and alcohol. Post-accident testing applies to all serious marine incidents involving commercial vessels regardless of flag of origin. More specifically, this includes crewmembers aboard foreign flag vessels who are directly involved in serious marine incidents occurring in U.S. waters.

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:

  • Directing and mustering passengers in emergencies
  • Passing out lifejackets
  • Controlling and operating lifesaving equipment
  • Controlling and operating firefighting equipment
  • Any operational duty regarding safety of crew or passengers

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.

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