Rail transport operators (RTOs) are required to have a drug and alcohol management program (DAMP), which must include a drug and alcohol testing regime. Guidance on the preparation of a DAMP, including a drug and alcohol testing regime, is included in the Preparation of a Rail Safety Management System guideline.
The Scalability of drug and alcohol management program requirements fact sheet also provides an example contrasting the approaches of two rail transport operators with different risk profiles.
In addition to the programs put in place by RTOs, ONRSR undertakes:
The ONRSR drug and alcohol testing program, which was established in accordance with the National Rail Safety Law, aims to:
There is a maximum penalty of $10,000 for a rail safety worker who commits any of the following offences:
ONRSR has appointed Medvet Science Pty Ltd (Medvet) to undertake drug and alcohol testing on its behalf. Medvet testers are appointed as authorised persons and are able to test rail safety workers in those jurisdictions where ONRSR has regulatory oversight. For more information read the ONRSR drug and alcohol testing policy.
All drug and alcohol testing carried out by RTOs in NSW must be conducted by an authorised person appointed under the Rail Safety National Law who holds an identity card issued by ONRSR.
Other drug and alcohol management requirements applying specifically to rail operations in NSW include: