The International Labour Organization (ILO) describes ‘seafarer’ to mean any person who is employed or engaged or works in any capacity on board a ship [10]. 

This can look like:

  • Ship’s officers and seamen/ratings
  • Crew members responsible for the safe handling of passengers
  • Seafarers working on vessels involved in oil and gas exploration and production
  • Seafarers in safety-sensitive positions
  • Seafarers whose actions cannot be discounted as contributing to serious marine incidents

Your company could drug and alcohol test any of the above roles as a seafarer.