Implementing a DAMP - Drug and alcohol education program
What’s the purpose of a DAMP education program?
The purpose of a drug and alcohol education program is to raise awareness within a DAMP organisation about the:
- effects of AOD use on an individual’s performance
- risks to aviation safety associated with AOD use
- responsibilities of both the organisation and individual employees
- AOD testing conducted by the DAMP organisation and by CASA
- DAMP organisation’s individual AOD management policy.
To comply with Part 99B, a DAMP organisation’s education program must include (at a minimum) the following components:
For SSAA employees - awareness of:
- the individual organisation’s policy on AOD use
- AOD testing in your particular workplace
- support services for people who misuse AOD
- the potential risks to aviation safety from AOD misuse.
Additionally for DAMP supervisors – training to manage people who may engage in problematic use of, or be affected by, AOD.
Who must complete the education program?
All SSAA employees (including contractors, sub-contractors and volunteers) must complete your organisation’s drug and alcohol education program. All DAMP supervisors must additionally complete role-specific training.
When must the education program be completed?
SSAA employees must complete the education program before commencing SSAA duties. This requirement applies to new employees as well as existing employees whose role is changing to include SSAAs.
DAMP supervisors must complete training for that role before commencing it.
Both SSAA employees and DAMP supervisors must complete a subsequent DAMP education program within 30 months of their previous completion of the DAMP education program.
CASA AOD eLearning
CASA has developed an eLearning package to help organisations deliver SSAA employee and DAMP supervisor education. This package is available on the CASAs learning platform, AviationWorx, and consists of two modules:
- 'Alcohol and Other Drugs - Managing the Risk’ (for SSAA employees)
- 'Alcohol and Other Drugs - DAMP Supervisor’ (for DAMP supervisors).
Is the CASA AOD eLearning compulsory?
No. However, we recommend that the AOD eLearning package forms the backbone of your organisation’s education program, supplemented with relevant organisation-specific material. This is because the eLearning:
- provides a consistent method of training your SSAA employees and DAMP supervisors
- is a simple way of meeting part of your organisation’s DAMP education obligations
- is provided to you free of cost.
Need more information?
Further guidance on how to implement a Part 99B compliant education program is included in the DAMP Guidance Manual (1.26MB).
Fact sheet - Understanding drug and alcohol education programs
For information on using AviationWorx, including troubleshooting information and instructional resources, please access the AviationWorx page.
Please note: In August 2014, the AOD eLearning package was migrated from a standalone eLearning provider to the AviationWorx platform. Existing passwords, course enrollments and completion records were not able to be transitioned. All new enrolments for the AOD eLearning courses will need to be set up through AviationWorx by creating an account, which can be undertaken on the AviationWorx page.
Only individuals can access AviationWorx; organisations cannot access AviationWorx to manage their employee’s learning activities.
DAMP organisations must maintain records of education. To assist organisations with their records, a certificate is generated upon completion of the eLearning module.