The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) invites all interested parties to respond to an open Request for Tender to deliver drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL) including following a rail incident or as otherwise directed on behalf of ONRSR.
The requirements including the Request for Tender and Testing Services Agreement are available to download.
ONRSR’s vision is Safe Railways for Australia. Its primary objectives are to encourage safe rail operations, enforce compliance with the RSNL, and promote and improve rail safety. ONRSR staff are guided by the values of integrity, respect, independence, diligence and excellence.
ONRSR is responsible for administering a national system of rail safety regulation and is empowered to undertake drug and alcohol testing of rail safety workers in accordance with the RSNL and jurisdictional requirements and requires an external testing organisation to deliver drug and alcohol testing on its behalf, in accordance with the requirements specified within the tender documents. ONRSR testing is independent from the internal drug and alcohol testing undertaken by individual rail transport operators.
ONRSR is an independent body corporate established under the RSNL. The National Office is located in Adelaide with offices around the country.
Submissions and email enquiries should be forwarded to: email@example.com
Submissions close 5:00 pm (AWST) on Friday 18 January 2019.
Telephone enquiries to Melissa Radke, Senior Manager, Safety Policy and Improvement: (08) 8406 1564
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: