Case study 7: Drug and alcohol management is made simpler for small organisations
CASA has had a drug and alcohol management regulatory regime for Australian aviation in place since 2008. This important initiative helps to maintain and improve aviation safety by minimising the risks caused by people in safety-sensitive positions being affected by alcohol or drugs while engaged in aviation activities.
Under the regime, all aviation organisations must adopt and administer a drug and alcohol management plan that covers education, testing and rehabilitation. The plans must meet the detailed requirements of Part 99 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.
Recognising that some of the regulatory requirements for the plans can be onerous for small organisations, in June 2012 CASA issued an exemption for organisations with not more than seven employees engaged in safety-sensitive aviation activity (not including organisations engaged in or providing services to any regular public transport operation).
Under the exemption, small organisations will not need to have a drug and alcohol management plan, provided they formally adopt a special CASA drug and alcohol management program instead.