Implementing a DAMP - What is a DAMP?
An organisation's drug and alcohol management plan (DAMP) documents how the requirements of Part 99B are met. It also provides a framework for aviation organisations to manage their own risk in relation to AOD use in their workplace.
Mandatory components of a DAMP
CASR Part 99B requires organisations to implement the following DAMP programs:
- a drug and alcohol education program
- a drug and alcohol testing program
- a drug and alcohol response program.
Drug and alcohol policy for DAMP organisations
In addition to the mandatory programs (i.e. education, testing and response) set out above, CASR Part 99B requires organisations to develop an organisation-specific drug and alcohol policy. This is basically a plain English written statement stating your organisation's policy on AOD use in the workplace. CASR Part 99B is not prescriptive about what this policy might look like (e.g. in terms of length and content) - this will vary across organisations. However, a mandatory part of a DAMP education program is to ensure that SSAA employees are aware of their individual organisation's policy on AOD use.
Structure and content of a DAMP
The exact structure and content of a DAMP should reflect an organisation's individual policies and procedures.
For some organisations, a DAMP might be a single stand-alone document covering all the regulatory requirements. For others, an overview document containing links or references to other material might be preferable.