Mandatory random alcohol/drug-tests for workers in vital sectors

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April 22nd, 2018

Muscat (WAF): Workers in oil & gas, ports, airports and utilities’ sectors must be tested periodically and randomly for alcohol and narcotics consumption, a new Ministerial Decision was published today in the Official Gazette stated.

The tests must be carried by employers “to ensure that (the workers) are not consuming any narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or alcoholic drinks. And to ensure that the workplace are free of such substances”, the decision stated. The decision signed by Abdullah al-Bakri, Omani Minister of Manpower was issued on 12th April 2018 and takes effect starting from today.