Why Carry Out Employee Testing in the Aviation Industry?
The aviation industry is a huge industry with 30-40 million flights each year worldwide. With a significant 3 billion people utilising air travel each year, safety within the aviation industry is vital; trade associations such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) support aviation activity and describe any accident as ‘one too many’.
As a result of employee roles being of crucial importance to public safety, it is necessary that they 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.
Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
To maximise safety, the aviation industry is regulated with policies and procedures to protect the safety of passengers and employees.
Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations are in place to protect the safety of all passengers, employees and cargo. As a regulated industry, aviation companies are monitored by various industry regulators such as the Civil Aviation Authority (UK), Irish Aviation Authority (Ireland), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (Europe). These government aviation authorities have a role in setting safety standards including monitoring the performance of personnel.
Despite strict regulations on drug abuse and alcohol misuse there are still occurrences where airline employees are found to be misusing drugs and alcohol. Risks should be eliminated by implementing a strict workplace drug and alcohol testing policy and proactively carrying out regular testing.