Implementing a DAMP - Drug and alcohol response program
What's the purpose of a drug and alcohol response program?
The purpose of a drug and alcohol response program is to ensure that anyone performing SSAAs under the influence of AOD stops performing those activities until it is deemed safe for them to resume.
An organisation's response program is activated when impermissible AOD use is confirmed via its testing program.
When must an employee cease SSAAs?
An organisation must stop an employee from performing SSAAs in the following circumstances:
- If the employee returned a positive result for an initial AOD test. They must not return to performing SSAAs until a confirmatory test returns a negative result.
- If the employee recorded a positive result for a confirmatory AOD test under DAMP or CASA testing, and the Medical Review Officer (MRO) determined the test result to be valid.
- If the employee refused a test or interfered with the integrity of a test.
- If a DAMP supervisor has reasonable grounds to suspect that an SSAA employee is under the influence of a testable drug or alcohol.
- If an ‘accident' or ‘serious incident' has occurred.
When can an employee resume SSAAs?
If a SSAA employee has been suspended from conducting SSAAs due to a confirmatory AOD test, or for refusal to undertake an AOD test or for interfering with the integrity of an AOD test, a DAMP organisation must only allow an employee to return to performing SSAAs if the following occurs:
- the employee has undergone a comprehensive assessment for drug or alcohol use; and
- if recommended by the comprehensive assessment: the employee to begin participating in a nominated drug or alcohol intervention program; and
- the employee is considered fit (after an assessment by the MRO and the employee's treating clinician [if any]) to resume SSAAs or being available to perform SSAAs; and
- in relation to suspension due to a positive drug test: at the time the employee is considered fit to resume SSAAs, the employee receives a negative confirmatory drug test and a MRO is satisfied that the negative confirmatory drug test indicates the absence of testable drug use.
Need more information?
Further guidance on how to implement a Part 99B compliant drug and alcohol response program can be found in the DAMP Guidance Manual (1.26MB).
Fact sheet - Understanding drug and alcohol response programs.