Friday, June 17, 2022

Updated NSW Rail Safety Regulation

The NSW Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Regulation 2018 is being amended.

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The NSW Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Regulation 2018 is being amended to update the references to the following two standards:

  • AS 3547-1997, Breath alcohol testing devices for personal use has been superseded by AS 3547:2019, Breath alcohol testing devices. Under the Rail Safety (Adoption of National Law) Regulation 2018, preliminary breath tests in NSW must be carried out on a device of a type that complies with the standard (or of a type approved by the Governor by order published in the Gazette for the purposes of the Road Transport Act 2013).
  • AS 4760-2006, Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluid has been superseded by AS/NZS 4760:2019, Procedure for specimen collection and the detection and quantification of drugs in oral fluid. This standard is relevant to drug testing undertaken by ONRSR.

It is expected that the changes will come into effect on 1 August 2022.

Key differences between AS 3547-1997 and AS 3547:2019 include:

AS 3547-1997

AS 3547:2019

Results expressed as Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

Results expressed as Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC)

Results expressed g/100mL blood or %

Results expressed g/210L breath

Includes single-use devices

Excludes single-use devices

Please don’t hesitate to contact ONRSR on contact@onrsr.com.au if you should have any questions regarding the changeover to the new breath testing devices standard.

Last updated: Jun 17, 2022, 12:57:53 PM