CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) is working closely with the aviation industry on the implementation of the regulations for drug and alcohol management plans and testing.
The introduction of an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) program for the aviation industry will require the aviation sector to introduce minimum standards of drug and alcohol testing, education and support for safety sensitive personnel. This includes; flight crew, cabin crew (flight attendants), flight instructors, aircraft dispatchers, aircraft maintenance and repair personnel, aviation security personnel including security screeners, air traffic controllers, baggage handlers, ground re-builders and all other personnel with air-side access.
The regulations were signed by the Executive Council on 18 September 2008, registered on 22 September 2008 and became effective on 23 September 2008.
If you are in the aviation industry, it means you should prepare to start testing your employees or get tested by your employer, if you haven’t already.