Random testing for alcohol and other drugs (AODs) in individuals who performsafety-sensitive activities as part of their aviation role was introduced inAustralia in April 2009. One year later, an online survey (N =2,226) was conducted to investigate attitudes, behaviors, and knowledgeregarding random testing and to gauge perceptions regarding its effectiveness.Private, recreational, and student pilots were less likely than industrypersonnel to report being aware of the requirement (86.5% versus97.1%), to have undergone testing (76.5% versus 96.1%), andto know of others who had undergone testing (39.9% versus 84.3%),and they had more positive attitudes toward random testing than industrypersonnel. However, logistic regression analyses indicated that random testingis more effective at deterring AOD use among industrypersonnel.
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – American Psychological Association
Published: Jan 1, 2012