Oil supermajor BP has ordered a full drug test of offshore workers, after a syringe was found onboard one of its North Sea assets.
The syringe was found onboard the Safe Caledonia accommodation vessel; currently on hire to the oil giant and stationed alongside its ETAP CPF platform, approximately 100 miles (161km) east of Aberdeen.
Syringe Sparks BP Drug Test
BP has confirmed that all crew from both assets are being tested, and that two workers have already been flown ashore having produced ‘non-negative’ test results.
A BP spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a syringe was found on board the Safe Caledonia flotel, currently located adjacent to the Etap platform.”
“There are of course a number of medical reasons why a syringe may be required by personnel offshore, however, in line with our zero-tolerance policy for substance misuse we have chosen to the take the precautionary step of testing all those on board.”
“BP is a responsible operator and we place the utmost importance | on ensuring the safety of all those who work on our platforms, therefore we feel this is an appropriate response.”
“We can also confirm that two individuals have returned onshore.”
Drug Test Outcome
No further information has been given on the full outcome of the test. However BP stated the two ‘non-negative’ results did not necessarily mean a failed test, but that a further, more conclusive test needed to be conducted ashore.