Safer Skies Begin On The Ground

With a significant 3 billion people travelling by air annually, safety within the aviation industry is vital. Safety doesn’t only include staff but also passengers and cargo. Bearing this in mind, it is necessary that all staff are confident and able to carry out their duties effectively whilst at work.

Drug and alcohol abuse prohibits a person’s abilities and for an employee within the aviation industry substance abuse means endangering the lives of all passengers and employees on board.

Why Test?

Pilots, flight crew, engineers, mechanics and ground staff are responsible for the safety of all passengers and cargo on board a flight. This is why the aviation industry has rules, procedures and regulations to ensure this ultimate responsibility is maintained. Substance abuse of drugs and alcohol breaks every rule and endangers the lives of all those on board.

  • Even a small amount of alcohol in the blood can have an effect on pilots, who are required to maintain high levels of concentration during long flights, whilst also have the ability and capacity to make quick decisions in the event of an emergency.
  • The limit for pilots in the UK is 20mg of alcohol for every 100ml of blood, which equates to one quarter of the current drink-driving limit in England (80mg/100ml)
  • India operate a zero tolerance policy on consumption. 1mg of alcohol content per 100ml of blood would mean an Indian pilot would be over the limit.

We Recommend Regular Testing

Despite strict regulation on drug and alcohol abuse, there are still occurrences where pilots and flight crew are found to be misusing drugs and alcohol. Randox Testing Services recommend that operators carry out more regular drug and alcohol screening of all staff in a proactive effort to lower the number of alcohol and drug related incidents.

Due to the nature of this industry there is a need for a proactive approach to workplace drug and alcohol testing.

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