New video explains drug and alcohol testing
A new video which provides an overview of drug and alcohol testing in the aviation industry was released in July 2013 via CASA's YouTube channel.
The video covers key issues in drug and alcohol testing carried out by CASA and aviation organisations. CASA conducts random testing, while aviation organisations are required to conduct testing as part of their drug and alcohol management plans.
In the video, Dr Ian Hosegood, director of medical services at Qantas, talks about issues relating to alcohol and some common medications.
A key message is that aviation personnel who have a night out overindulging in alcohol are unlikely to be fit for duty in a safety-sensitive aviation role the next day, regardless of their blood alcohol level, with effects lasting in some cases until the following evening.
Prescription and over-the counter-medicines such as painkillers containing codeine and sleeping medications are also covered, with a warning that these medications will trigger a positive drug test.
All aviation organisations are required to have drug and alcohol management plans. Each plan is an integrated system which organisations must develop and implement in accordance with Part 99 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.
The plan must document the organisation's policy, processes and procedures regarding alcohol and other drug matters, and provide details of the education and testing of employees engaged in safety-sensitive aviation activities, and the actions to be taken should an employee test positive to alcohol or other drug use or refuse to meet their obligations.
The video can be found on CASA's YouTube channel, CASABriefing.