Blood alcohol requirements for rail safety workers

Changes to rail safety legislation has reduced the permissible blood alcohol concentration from 0.02 to zero for rail safety workers, including drivers.

NSW already has the highest standards of drug and alcohol testing in Australia. These changes align the permissible blood alcohol level nationally and clarify our zero tolerance approach when it comes to working on our state’s railways.

The laws also allow NSW to maintain its current approach to drug and alcohol management which requires 25 per cent of rail safety workers to be tested. Any positive results are reported to the regulator.

Ensuring that operators retain minimum testing requirements and report positive results to the ITSR sends a strong message that risking the safety of train customers and the wider community by working on NSW’s rail network with drugs or alcohol in your system will not be tolerated.

The changes will be implemented in NSW under the Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Act 2012 and the Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Regulations 2012.

The new laws make arrangements for the Independent Transport Safety Regulator (ITSR) to deliver rail safety regulation on behalf of the new National Rail Safety Regulator.

21 January 2013
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