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    This is a bit of a sticky one (hence the anonymous) but i was wondering about the possibility of hair drug testing. this is basically because every couple of weeks i go to Amsterdam with work and as im sure you arent all idiots you can probably imagine what we get up to. i have however stopped as i am determined to pursue a career at sea ,starting hopefully in September and i dont want this ruined by a stupid plant. this however would just fit into the detection time for a hair follicle sample. is it likely i will get tested by this method as i have seen it in the job requirements for chevrons cadetships.

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    I’ve never seen or heard of anybody getting their hair tested during drug and alcohol testing. In fact, I’ve only heard of urine analysis being used... obviously facts are well published on the times that these things staying in your system but be careful if you’re nearer rather than further from the “3 week retention” time or whatever it is. During my cadetship I got random tested at college three or four times, just routine urine sampling. At sea I’ve been random tested once with urine analysis and a breathalyser. There was a rumour that during your seafarer medical (ENG1) they don’t check for drugs on your urine test, and I’d be tempted to believe this as I’ve only ever seen them use test trips for protein and blood like your doctor would if chasing an infection.


    Chevron, just FYI, are one of the hardest cadetships to get in the UK so you can probably not worry about their strongest testing! I’d say you’re probably safe to start a career if you’ve been clean for a couple of months and plan to stay clean. Good luck!

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    • #3
      If they hair tested then there wouldn't be anyone working at sea!

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      • #4
        Cheers for the responses guys you have all put my mind to rest.

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