DAMP exemption for CAR 30 or Part 145 organisations overseas
This exemption exempts the holder of a certificate of approval under regulation 30 of the Civil Aviation Regulations and Part 145 organisations, who are engaged in aircraft maintenance overseas, from the requirement to have a DAMP, provided that certain conditions are met.
Information for applicants or permission holders
CASR 99.030 requires an organisation to develop a Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP) if:
- The organisation has an employee or a contractor who performs or is available to perform Safety Sensitive Aviation Activities (SSAA), and
- The organisation is one of those listed in CASR 99.030(2), which includes the holder of a Certificate of Approval (COA) or Part 145 Approval.
Exemption from DAMP requirements
As a CAR 30 or Part 145 operator with an overseas base, your organisation is eligible to apply for an exemption subject to the meeting of the listed conditions. It should be noted that a CAR 30/Part 145 organisation operating partly inside and partly outside Australian territory must have a DAMP for its Australian operations.
Your organisation may choose to apply its DAMP fully overseas and make no use of the exemption. Alternatively, an organisation may have a DAMP for Australian operations and operate under the exemption for operations outside of Australian territory.
If your organisation wishes to apply for this exemption you must notify CASA in writing of the drug and alcohol plan that the organisation has in place to ensure that employees or contractors carrying out Safety Sensitive Aviation Activities (SSAA), under its CAR 30 or Part 145 approval, are not affected by alcohol or drugs. This plan should be incorporated into company policy documents and detail how the conditions will be met.
Your organisations written application should detail;
- The organisation’s drug and alcohol policy
- The identification of employees who may be affected by drugs and alcohol
- Prevention and risk minimisation strategies
- Safe return to work policy
Please see the following guidelines to assist with the exemption application.
Guidelines for exemption application
Drug and Alcohol Policy
The aim of this policy is to:
- Minimise risks to aviation safety of drug and alcohol misuse and,
- Prevent any safety-sensitive aviation activity (SSAA) employee who is adversely affected by drugs or alcohol from performing, or being available to perform SSAA.
Explain how will your organisation identify an employee who may be adversely affected by drugs or alcohol? The following are examples of how identification may occur:
- Management oversight of the employee fitness for duty - see section 4, reporting of suspicious behaviour
- Encourage self-referral or disclosure
Outline when your organisation will conduct drug and alcohol tests?
- Pre deployment to a safety sensitive activity
- After an accident and serious incident
- Where there is reasonable grounds that someone is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- When returning to work after they have tested positive
Explain the type of testing that will be conducted. Urine, oral fluid or blood tests?
Outline what procedures are followed if an employee refuses or interferes with a test?
- Awareness of drug and alcohol policy
- Education on risks to aviation safety and workplace
- Reporting of suspicious behaviour
- What processes are in place for an employee or supervisor to report suspicious behaviour
- What action is taken by a supervisor if it suspected that an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- What training does a supervisor complete to be able to identify if an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
- Ceasing SSAA activity immediately due to reasonable grounds or after accident or serious incident
Safe return to work
What procedures are followed if an employee returns a positive test?
- Counselling/rehabilitation program
- Medical clearance
- Stand down for specified time period
- Return to work drug and alcohol tests
- Follow up tests or conditions established for return to work
- Termination of employment