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TIN news:   The Government  of New Zealand announced its “Clear heads” initiative which involves measures for reducing the risks of alcohol- and drug-related impairment in aviation, maritime and rail
Operators in these sectors will now be required to have drug and alcohol management plans. These plans need to be agreed with the Civil Aviation Authority or Maritime New Zealand, and must include random drug and alcohol testing of staff performing safety sensitive activities.
The Directors of Civil Aviation and Maritime New Zealand will have the power to undertake non-notified testing of safety sensitive staff in the commercial aviation and maritime sectors.
These changes are designed to assure passengers and crew that their aviation and maritime operations are safe and free from drug and alcohol impairment.
The changes reflect the feedback received through consultation by the Ministry of Transport on Clear heads: options to reduce the risks of alcohol- and drug-related impairment in aviation, maritime and rail.
The Clear heads discussion paper was a response to the 31 October 2013 Transport Accident Investigation Commission report on the 2012 Carterton hot-air balloon accident, in which 11 people lost their lives. The Commission recommended regulatory changes to strengthen the management of alcohol and drugs in the aviation, maritime and rail sectors.
The Ministry believes there should be zero tolerance of operator impairment where members of the public are being transported by sea, rail and air.

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