The DAMP exemption for micro-businesses frequently asked questions
What is a Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP)?
A Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP) describes how an aviation organisation is going to meet its obligations to Part 99 B. of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASRs).
What is a micro-business?
CASA defines a micro-business as an organisation with ten (10) or fewer employees who perform, or are able to perform, a Safety Sensitive Aviation Activity (SSAA).
If I am the only person in the company do I count myself as a SSAA employee?
Yes. This is because sole operators are counted as one (1) regular SSAA employee and therefore considered a micro-business eligible for the exemption.
How do I define 10 regular SSAA employees?
It is important that you must take into account any individual who is currently performing or available to perform SSAA for the organisation on a regular basis. This means one who is reasonably likely to perform SSAA at least two (2) or more times every ninety (90) days. It is best thought of in terms of a person doing fairly regular work and not just a one-off emergency that is unlikely to recur within the next ninety (90) days.
With this in mind, to be eligible for the exemption the total of the “regular” workers must not exceed ten (10) on any day, bearing in mind that each day is part of a rolling ninety (90) day period.
What if my organisation increases to 11 SSAA employees?
If at any time your organisation has more than ten (10) regular SSAA employees performing or available to perform SSAA, The DAMP Exemption for micro-businesses exemption will no longer apply. At this time your organisation will be obligated to comply in full with Subpart 99.B of the CASRs 1998, the requirements for a full drug and alcohol management plan (DAMP).
What happens if I choose to do nothing?
If you are not eligible or do not chose to take advantage of this exemption you are obligated hold a full and compliant DAMP which is implemented into your organisation and comply in full with Subpart 99.B of the CASRs 1998.