Prevention of Misuse of Psychoactive Substances

The use of psychoactive substances* is a growing threat to the health and safety of people throughout the world. People working in stressful environments often use them as a coping tool, but there is a risk of habitual use or addiction.

£40.00
2 hour(s)

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The use of psychoactive substances* is a growing threat to the health and safety of people throughout the world. People working in stressful environments often use them as a coping tool, but there is a risk of habitual use or addiction.

The welfare of aviation workers, the lives and property entrusted to them are of utmost importance. All aviation workers share the responsibility to ensure that aviation duties are never compromised and that they are fully aware of the dangers of using alcohol or other drugs.

Any use of psychoactive substances will not allow the safe performance of critical aviation duties, can endanger the public, and undermine their trust in the aviation transport system. The course aims to provide aviation sector employees with relevant information on how psychoactive substances can affect their lives, jobs, and public safety. There is a focus on how safety management, health promotion, screening, treatment, advice, support, and rehabilitation will benefit employees. Without the use of substances, aviation personnel will provide safer services, be more efficient, be better able to compete, save money and protect their health, without losing their ability to be sociable or relax.

This course is aligned to the ICAO guidelines on the Prevention of Problematic Use of Substances in the Aviation Workplace. The aviation industry has an obligation to ensure all safety critical staff complete this course regularly to develop attitudes that discourage psychoactive substance use in the industry.

*Psychoactive Substances include alcohol, cannabinoids, cocaine, hallucinogens, hypnotics, nootropics opioids, psychostimulants, sedatives, and volatile solvents. Tobacco and caffeine are not included. (ICAO 1995: vi).

Who is it suitable for:

 The course is suitable for safety-sensitive personnel who might endanger aviation safety if they perform their duties and functions improperly. This includes, but is not limited to, flight crew members, ground crew, air traffic controllers and aircraft maintenance personnel.

Topics covered by the course:

  • The effects of psychoactive substances.
  • Safety consequences of psychoactive substance use.
  • Myths and preconceptions of psychoactive substances.
  • Limitations and restrictions in the use of psychoactive substances.
  • Policy requirements.
  • Psychoactive substance screening.
  • Advice and support for personnel with psychoactive substance issues.
  • Reporting responsibilities.

 

Summary of content:

  • Reasons why psychoactive substance use by safety sensitive aviation employees is dangerous.
  • Flight safety risks of various psychoactive substances.
  • Physiological effects of various psychoactive substances on individuals.
  • Procedures for drug and alcohol testing.
  • Reasons for random drug testing.
  • Penalties for a positive drug test.
  • Operator’s responsibilities regarding applicable legislation and policies on psychoactive substances as stated in their Drug and Alcohol Policy.
  • Individual rights and responsibilities regarding applicable legislation and policies on psychoactive substances.
  • How to determine if a medication contains a substance that may affect safety and performance.
  • How to recognise problems and how to make a self-declaration or referral in case of a decrease in medical fitness (with an emphasis on prevention and early support).
  • How to recognise problems with colleagues’ medical fitness and use established mechanisms to ensure necessary intervention occurs (with an emphasis on prevention and early support).
  • Promotion of clearly defined values and attitudes about psychoactive substance use in a range of hypothetical scenarios.

References:

ICAO. 1995. Manual on Prevention of Problematic Use of Substances in the Aviation Workplace – Document 9654-AN/945. ICAO: Montreal.

 

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