The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-21T09:19:30Z Drug and alcohol testing on Queensland roads catches plenty 2017-02-21T09:19:30Z drug-and-alcohol-testing-on-queenslandroads-catches-plenty They don’t call it the silly season without reason. The time of the year around Christmas and New Year when some people let their inhibitions down and take risks they otherwise wouldn’t take. And in Queensland, it’s left motorists with a raft of fines and licence disqualifications, with drug and alcohol testing on Queensland roads nabbing over 1000 people in a 12-day period.The Christmas Road Safety Campaign on Queensland roads saw 2094 motorists tested for drugs and 137,000 undergoing random breath testing. This resulted in 367 people allegedly testing positive to drugs and 697 allegedly blowing over the 0.05% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit.This included a 56-year-old Mount Gravatt woman who recorded a BAC of 0.346%, a 45-year-old woman who blew 0.339 at Airlie Beach and a 44-year-old Labrador man who recorded 0.288 on New Year’s Eve. What makes these incidents even more incredible is that most of us wouldn’t be able to stand or stay awake at these high blood alcohol levels, let alone drive a car!The number of drivers being caught in drug testing on Queensland roads, and for that matter roads across Australia, is particularly concerning. The drug testing in Queensland over the Christmas-period resulted in 17% of all those drivers tested recording a positive result. This isn’t far from 1 in 5 people!While it might be comforting to put this down to the silly season effect, unfortunately it’s not an anomaly. In fact, it’s a slight improvement on the figures from the 2015-16 financial year. During the 12 month-period on Queensland road, random drug testing caught 10,804 people with drugs in their system from 49,445 tests. This means that 21.7% of drivers who were drug tested recorded a positive result. Nearly 3000 tested positive to two or more drugs.Clearly, people are still willing to take risks on Queensland roads. And if their willing to take risks on the roads, you can be sure that they’re willing to take risks in the workplace.Which is why drug and alcohol testing Queensland workplaces is just as important as on our roads. This is particularly the case for workplaces and roles where safety is critical. Developing and implementing a drug and alcohol management plan, educating your workforce on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and conducting regular drug and alcohol testing can help protect your workplace.NOTE: This article was written by Integrity Sampling. Integrity Sampling conducts drug and alcohol testing in Queensland and throughout Australia. They have branches in Queensland in Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Winton. All For Health Pty. Ltd. Outlines the Importance of Acupuncture in Relieving Pain 2017-02-21T07:04:47Z all-for-health-pty-ltd-outlines-the-importance-of-acupuncture-in-relieving-pain A rigorous review has found that acupuncture outperforms both traditional treatment and fake acupuncture in relieving arthritis and migraines, as well as chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. The solid findings led chief author Dr. Andrew J. Vickers to conclude, “We think there’s firm evidence supporting acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.” This piece of information has been published as found here - Acupuncture Outperforms Traditional Treatment in Relieving PainAcupuncture is an age old Chinese therapy that involves the insertion of needles into the skin to so as to bring relief to specific parts of the body that are experience pain. A key part of traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to restore and maintain health, in addition to alleviating pain and stress.All For Health Pty. Ltd. was founded with the mission to provide quality services in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to those seeking a natural alternative to healthcare. Regardless of whether you are lacking vitality, in pain or struggling with fertility, we are confident that we can help you.All For Health Pty. Ltd. also known as Acurepoint Health has two health clinics both located in Booragoon. The first being Suite 19, The Gateway Building, Andrea Lane, Booragoon while the other at Suite 25, Level 2, Garden City House, 125 Riseley St, Booragoon . People who seek treatment for health problems like chronic pain, migraines etc can call either (08) 9316 9327 or (08) 6150 8156 to seek an appointment. Acurepoint Health is definitely your one stop clinic for all kinds of Chinese Medicine and Perth Acupuncture services. Acurepoint Health is a team of qualified and registered Chinese medical practitioners who are not just qualified but experienced too. Speaking to the media, Dr. Pui Chak Pang who has more than 40 years of experience having spent time practicing in both Hong Kong and Australia said, “Most people suffering from pain make use of pain killers to reduce pain. With the help of acupuncture the cure will reduce pain substantially and also treat the symptoms causing the pain.”About All For Health Pty. Ltd.Acurepoint Health strives to provide the most professional and quality services in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. We are committed and passionate about developing alternative methods to keep healthy and to treat a range of different health symptoms and issues, such as fatigue, pain, infertility etc.For more information on All For Health Pty. Ltd. visit Drug and alcohol testing prevent deaths on Western Australian roads 2017-02-08T02:26:47Z drug-and-alcohol-testing-prevent-deaths-on-western-australian-roads There is little doubt that drug and alcohol testing on Western Australian roads is saving lives and it’s staggering to think how high the road toll could be if random roadside testing were not commonplace.However, despite the efforts of police and their random testing, the road toll is increasing. In fact, there were more fatalities on WA roads last year than in any other year since 2008. And while the number of random drug tests in particular has risen in recent years, drugs and alcohol are still two of the major factors in fatalities.There were 194 fatalities on Western Australian roads in 2016, 33 more than the previous year and more than 20 higher than the average for the previous 5 years. Of particular concern is the number of fatalities on regional roads. The roads outside of Perth were responsible for much of the increase in the roadside stats in 2016. There were 32 more deaths on regional roads in 2016 compared with 2015, with 2016 having the dubious honour of recording the most number of regional deaths on WA roads since 2007.According to Western Australia’s State Government, the biggest factors involved with fatalities on our roads change very little and they include speeding, mobile phone distraction and a failure to wear seats. Plus, of course, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. How big an impact are drugs and alcohol having on Western Australian roads? According to statistics, in one year alone, 2014, 20% of road trauma victims had illegal drugs in their system. That’s 1 in 5 of all road trauma victims. The stats for motorcycle fatalities is even more damming, with 32% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2014 alone having drugs as a contributing factor. The stats for driving while under the influence of alcohol are no better, with around 20% of fatal crashes on Western Australian roads partly attributable to alcohol. While continuing to conduct drug and alcohol testing on Western Australia’s roads is one of the answers to the imposing question of how to reduce the road toll, another is to focus on the small group of people who continually put themselves and others at risk.“Most drivers in WA do the right thing on our roads,” says Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia,“but we know there is that small group of people who through their attitude and action represent risk on our roads.“If you continue to drive when you’re tired, if you choose to drive when you’ve been drinking or have used drugs, even prescription medication if it has warnings, if you don’t wear a seatbelt or you travel at a speed that isn’t appropriate to your experience or the circumstances you’re faced with, then regrettably the consequences may be sudden and fatal,” Mr Papalia added.While the workplace may bear little resemblance to our roads (although for some people the roads are their workplace) there is little doubt that many of the same people who are willing to drink or take drugs and drive on our roads are likely to take the same risk at work.  And there are stats to back this up. For example, we know that around 10% of all fatalities in our workplace involve alcohol or drugs. We know that in one year alone, 2013, 11% of all workplace injuries had alcohol as a factor. We know that between 20 to 25% of all workplace accidents have drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor. And we know that 1 in 5 Australians have gone to work under the influence of alcohol.All of which makes drug testing and alcohol testing at work, just as important as on our roads!NOTE: This article was written by Integrity Sampling, Australia’s leading workplace drug and alcohol management team. For more information about Integrity Sampling’s drug and alcohol testing Western Australia services, see the company’s Western Australian and Perth pages. Swapping Cologne and Perfume for Room Sprays 2016-12-20T02:30:15Z swapping-cologne-and-perfume-for-room-sprays It might sound somewhat bizarre, but people all over the world are swapping expensive colognes and perfumes for room sprays before heading out on the town or visiting friends. The trend is being driven by budget-conscious people who are questioning the cost of perfumes and colognes or simply can’t afford them. Spray for spray, even an expensive room spray is going to be a cheaper alternative to most perfumes and colognes. But what about the smell? It may surprise you to know the work that goes into producing a quality room spray, as 5 Elements Mike Fermanis explains. “We work with a world-leading perfume manufacturer to produce our room sprays,” Mike says. “The manufacturer has over 30 years of fragrance experience and is a member of global fragrance associations, IFEAT and IFRA. We only use fragrances that are safe, allergy-free and pure, and fragrances that comply with strict international legislation. They are also produced using sound environmental practices.” Is it safe? Before you pick up your favourite room spray and spray it on your neck or wrist, a word of warning. This is not something you would do with just any room spray. Some room sprays just shouldn’t be sprayed directly on your skin so, for starters, make sure the room spray is safe, pure and allergy-free. Like the room sprays manufactured by 5 Elements. And then do a test spray on an inconspicuous part of your body to make sure there is no adverse reaction before dabbing it on your neck or face. If you’re still unsure or prefer to play it safe, use your room spray on your clothing, on a scarf or even on your hair. The other thing you need to consider is the quality of the room spray. A cheap room spray probably won’t get much further than the front door, while quality room sprays, containing essential oils and perfumes – will be long-lasting. A quality room spray is also more likely to be revitalising and smell great. So next time you’re catching up with friends, going to an important office event or have a romantic date, get out your quality room spray and give yourself an all-over spritz. You’ll smell terrific all day and night! UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T11:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. Random Drug Testing in Queensland – It’s Everywhere! 2016-12-12T04:22:45Z random-drug-testing-in-queensland-it-s-everywhere On Queensland roads, in Queensland workplaces and on Queensland waterways, if you take drugs and drive, work or take the controls of a boat, random drug testing will catch you. That’s the message that the Queensland Police, Integrity Sampling and the Queensland Water Police are hopeful is getting through, particularly as we approach the festive season.Random drug testing on Queensland roads started around 8 years ago, but it’s only in the last few years that the number of drug tests has risen to significant levels. For example, last financial year the number of people who undertook random drug testing on our roads was around 50,000. This was more than double the number in the previous financial year of 20,000 random drug tests.The increase of roadside random drug testing Queensland Police was thanks largely to purchase of hi-tech drug testing equipment. The Drager Drug Test 5000 allows the police to test for a range of drugs quickly and accurately. The units are now situated across the state, giving the police the ability to catch drug-influenced drivers anywhere, at any time.Ensuring employees in Queensland workplaces are fit to work is the job of businesses such asIntegrity Sampling, which conducts workplace drug testing across the state. Integrity Sampling has 6 branch locations in Queensland, including Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Winton. Like the Queensland Police, Integrity Sampling also uses the Drager Drug Test 5000 for its drug testing work.If you take drugs and then take control of a boat on Queensland waterways, you can also be in trouble with the law. During a recent weekend on the Gold Coast, 10 people were pulled over for random drug testing by the Queensland Water Police after they were suspected of being under the influence of drugs. According to a Gold Coast Bulletin article, from the 10 people tested, four skippers provided positive drug tests.The water police say that officers will continue random drug testing of people in charge of boats in Queensland waters, particularly with during he busy summer period. And, as stated on the Maritime Safety Queensland website, “There is zero tolerance for driving or boating under the influence of drugs”. Similar to the roads, penalties can include licence suspension, licence disqualification, fines and, for serious or repeat offenders, imprisonment terms.There’s another message that the Queensland Police, Integrity Sampling and the Queensland Water Police hope to get across. And that is that the penalty of failing a drug test may be severe, but it’s noting compared with the consequences of driving a car or boat, or going to work under the influence of a drug and causing an accident.  When you think of the potential consequences, it’s easy to see that drug use combined with driving, work or taking control of a boat simply does not mix. Drug Use The Major WA Crime Issue 2016-12-02T04:17:57Z drug-use-the-major-wa-crime-issue What do you think is the major crime issue facing Western Australia? Perhaps terrorism, domestic violence or bikies? Well, according to a recent survey, while these issues do concern many people they don’t make the number one spot, with drug use voted as the top law enforcement issue in the state.The perhaps surprise result came in the WA Speaks survey, which gives Western Australians a chance to give their opinions on the major issues facing the state. The latest survey, involving nearly 9000 people, was published recently and one of the findings was the huge concern that drugs have for Western Australians.In fact the concern of Western Australians over drug use is so huge that, according to PerthNow, 70% of the nearly 9000 survey respondents listed it as our biggest law enforcement issue. And the number one drug on everyone’s lips is methamphetamines and particularly ICE. ICE is a concern right across Australia but particularly so in Perth and Western Australia, where the drug’s use is particularly high.ICE is an especially insidious drug because it’s a more refined and pure type of methamphetamine (a man-made drug that can be prescribed by doctors for issues such as a hyperactivity deficit). This makes ICE fast acting and highly addictive, and the side effects can be serious.In the PerthNow article, Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenanis quoted as saying, “(ICE) can cause violence, it can cause unemployment, and it fuels crimes such as burglary, robbery, theft and even murder — which has put enormous pressure on our courts and the legal system. Most devastatingly though it puts those that are most willing to help users — such as family members, emergency service operators including police, nurses, doctors and ambulance officers — at significant risk.”One of the reasons for this is that ICE and other methamphetamines are stimulants, while other illicit drugs such as heroin and cannabis are depressants. While taking heroin and cannabis will slow down the messages travelling between the brain and the body, methamphetamines speeds these messages up. In fact, in some cases, normally passive and responsible people who use ICE can become hyperactive, aggressive and violent. There’s even a term for this condition – ICE psychosis – because users can experience hallucinations and delusions and behave erratically.NOTE: This article was written by Integrity Sampling, Australia’s leading workplace drug and alcohol management team. As part of its services, Integrity Sampling conducts drug testing Perth and Western Australian businesses. The company has more than 30 branches across Australia. Secured Signing in RDB ProNet a Clear Choice for Aeropeople's eSignature Needs 2016-12-01T00:17:35Z secured-signing-in-rdb-pronet-a-clear-choice-for-aeropeople-s-esignature-needs December 1st 2016 - The Secured Signing plugin gives Aeropeople the ability to capture important data, realise the benefits of digital signatures and save time and cost using a fully compliant 360º integrated process, which simplifies the candidate and client experience.   "Aeropeople relies on the Secured Signing plugin for RDB ProNet to file, track and digitally sign our client and candidate documents." says Julie Welford-Biggs the Compliance Manager for Aeropeople. "It is simple and effective to use, delivering on our business needs and enhancing our customer experience."   Secured Signing delivers all the key outcomes Aeropeople looked for in an eSignature solution. Contractors can sign documents either at their computer or while on the move using any modern smartphone or tablet. Clients regularly have documents returned in minutes rather than days. The digital signature applied by Secured Signing seals the document against changes for absolute confidence in the integrity of the document. The contents of the document are automatically updated in the relevant areas of the RDB database without any requirement for administration, saving clients many thousands of pounds annually in unnecessary data entry and filing costs. The whole process takes place entirely within RDB using the integrated plugin, allowing clients to easily make the transition to digital signing with minimum change to their business processes.   "Providing clients and candidates the convenience of signing online with Secured Signing also ensures recruiters have absolute confidence they will not only be able to immediately lay their hands on the signed agreement when they need it, but that the document is authentic and reliable beyond reproach", said Mike Eyal, Managing Director of Secured Signing.   About Aeropeople - Aeropeople are a leading Aerospace and Auto-sport manpower provider, who are committed to delivering a premier service to all of its customers, worldwide. Their strength lies in the ability to respond quickly and effectively to changing customer requirements, especially within an uncertain climate of change and opportunity. To learn more about Aeropeople, visit   About Secured Signing - Secured Signing provides a comprehensive and secure SaaS digital signature service that delivers a full range of form completion and eSigning capabilities combining advanced personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature technology with easy-to-use, simple-to-deploy, compliant solutions. Secured Signing enables its users to utilise smartphones, PCs, any tablet device and any browser, to capture their graphical signature, complete , sign, seal and verify documents anywhere, anytime. The solution streamlines business processes, cuts back on expenses, expedites delivery cycles, improves staff efficiency and enhances customer service in a green environment. To learn more about Secured Signing, visit Australian Safety Company Launches New “Care for Care” Program. 2016-11-28T22:49:17Z australian-safety-company-launches-new-care-for-care-program Adelaide, SA: Worksafe Guardian (WSG), an employee safety app developed in Australia to monitor the safety of lone workers, are excited to announce their new Care for Care program. For every 10 WSG Safety Apps that are signed up, Worksafe Guardian will donate 1 app to their Care for Care Program, designated specifically for not-for-profit organisations. A common issue WSG discovered since their launch almost two years ago is how many not-for-profit organisations need the WSG Safety App, but simply don’t have the budget to implement it. The Care for Care Programs aim is to help those that help so many in a small but significant way. On the company’s new Care for Care Program, App Designer Greg Lindner had this to say: “Coming from a monitoring background we know firsthand the value of safety solutions like WSG and how it provides companies and individuals peace of mind there is a professional ready to implement response procedures. The cost of maintaining the equipment, servers, staff and the monitoring centre has prevented us from being able to heavily discount the price of the service. In saying that, as more not-for-profit organisations contact us who need the app but lacked funds we wanted to find a way to extend them the service. After all, they are the ones out there doing the outreach programs, helping the homeless, less fortunate and drug and alcohol dependent individuals. That’s why we created the new program. We hope that the program will expand and continue to grow as Worksafe Guardian does.” The WSG lone worker safety app was the first of its kind to be developed, owned, operated, and monitored here in Australia, and the company aims to ensure that as many Australian employees as possible are afforded the opportunity to use the app if the need it. Worksafe Guardian strongly believes that safety should be about people above anything else. How this new Care for Care Program will work: ·         For every 10 new apps that are signed on, WSG will designate 1 free app to go into the Care for Care Program. ·         WSG will allocate as many free fully monitored apps to any given not-for-profit organisation. ·         To be eligible, companies must be registered with the ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission). ·         A full list of terms and conditions will be emailed out to the not-for-profit organisations who apply. About Worksafe Guardian Ltd. (WSG): WSG is an employee safety monitoring app for iPhone and Android developed by Security Alarm Monitoring Service (SAMS). SAMS have over 20 years’ industry experience and hold a Grade A1 Certification for their monitoring centre based in South Australia, the highest standard available in Australia. The WSG head office is in Adelaide, South Australia, but WSG currently monitors lone working employees Australia wide. WSG is Australia’s 1st professionally monitored lone worker safety app. Please visit our website for information about what we do Drug testing on Victorian roads increasing 2016-11-16T10:43:27Z drug-testing-on-victorian-roads-increasing If you take drugs and drive, you’re now more likely to be caught as drug testing on Victorian roads is on the increase.The focus on drugs is a direct result of the road toll and the number of people being killed on Victorian roads with drugs in their system. Since 2013, more people have died on our roads under the influence of drugs than have died under the influence of alcohol. The drug testing figures show the increased focus on drugs. In 2015/16, over 100,000 drug tests were conducted on Victoria roads, an increase of around 25% on the 2014/15 figures. The drug testing figures are expected to rise in future years, with a likely figure in 2016/17 of around 1.1 million drug tests.Unfortunately, it’s not just drug testing Victoria is not the only place where test is on the rise. The ratio of drivers being caught with drugs in their system is also increasing. The latest figures show that 1 driver out of every 11 that are drug tested are being detected with drugs in their system; the previous year’s figure was one in 18.Included in these figures are:• Four positive results for methamphetamines in just six hours on 2 November, in roadside drug testing in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges.• A 34-year old male driver in the Melbourne suburb of Keysborough, who was caught speeding, and with drugs and alcohol in his system. The dubious ‘trifecta’ occurred a day before the Melbourne Cup.• A 36-year-old female driver in Mulgrave, who was pulled over for speeding in an 80 zone on 30 October and then recorded a positive drug test.All these drug testing incidents on Victorian roads were part of Operation Furlong, held between 28 October and midnight on Melbourne Cup day. In total, one in 10 people drug tested on Victorian roads during this period were found to have illicit drugs in their system. Just on 2800 people were drug tested with 283 offences detected. In comparison, almost 200,000 breath tests were conducted with 316 offences. Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said the number of motorists found with drugs in their system was alarming.“To think that one in every 10 motorists we drug tested were found to be under the influence of drugs is of great concern,” he said.“These people simply shouldn’t be on the road, they are a massive risk to themselves and to the greater community.”Note: This press release was written by Integrity Sampling, which conducts workplace drug and alcohol testing across more than 30 locations in Australia. Perth and Western Australian Drug Testing nets ICE 2016-10-27T04:13:59Z perth-and-western-australian-drug-testing-nets-ice The drug ICE and other methamphetaminesare becoming a major issue in Australia, particularly in Perth and Western Australia.In Australia, ICE is arguably considered the most insidious illicit drug in use. This isn’t because of its usage rate. In fact, 2.1% of Australians have tried ICE or other meth / amphetamines in the past 12 months, which is well behind the usage rates of cannabis (10.2%). Even ecstasy, with a usage rate 2.5%, is more commonly used than methamphetamines. The reason why ICE is considered insidious and a major threat to our society is its powerful effects. These effects are causing a disproportionate impact to the community compared with other drugs. This is highlighted, for example, on our roads, where in Victoria alone ICE is in some way involved in 10% of fatalities, and in our police stations, where arrests from ICE use are growing alarmingly.But when it comes to the use of ICE and other methamphetamines, there is one state that has the dubious honour of being the champion. In fact, Western Australia has been labelled by one District Court Judge as being amongst the worst for ICE usage in the civilised world.This sensational claim is backed up by drug testing undertaken in workplaces by Integrity Sampling in Perth and Western Australia. The drug testing shows that ICE and methamphetamines are responsible for far more positive tests than any other illegal drug.“Across the past three months, methamphetamines has accounted for 67% of all illicit drug detections in drug testing we’ve carried out in Perth and Western Australia,” says Integrity Sampling WA Director, Paul Marshall.While this percentage of positive drug testing seems extreme it is – unfortunately – in line with other recent research, which supports the notion that methamphetamines are more widely used in Western Australia than any other state. In the Government of Western Australia Meth Strategy 2016 report it’s been claimed that:• 3.8% of Western Australians have used methamphetamines in past year, well above the national figures.• WA Police have seen a 40.8% increase in arrests involving meth / amphetamines between 2013/14 and 2014/15.• The percentage of offenders in the Perth Watch House who recently used meth has risen from 15% in 2009 to 53% in 2015.• The amount of meth seized in raids has more than doubled in the past year. Other research conducted by the Western Australian State Government as part of the their methamphetamines strategy, found that Western Australians are using around 2 tonnes of the drug a year. The novel but effective research, conducted in Perth, Bunbury and Geraldton by collecting wastewater from treatment facilities, showed that methamphetamines with a street value of $2 billion were being used by Western Australians each year.The State Government’s Western Australian Meth Strategy 2016 aims to tackle the usage of methamphetamines on three main fronts. This includes education, support and treatment services to help people who are impacted by meth and disrupting supply of ICE and other methamphetamines.For more information about Integrity Sampling’s drug and alcohol testing services, see Integrity Sampling’s Western Australian and Perth pages. Drug Testing in Queensland Far From Novel 2016-10-14T02:44:23Z drug-testing-in-queensland-far-from-novel Sportspeople have done it for years and so too have our miners. Drivers are now doing it and it seems that council workers and hospitality workers will soon follow.Drug testing in Queensland is far from novel and in fact can be traced back to the 1980’s when Queensland’s miners started undergoing random drug testing at work (see below). Roadside drug testing has also become commonplace, with around 50,000 drug tests expected to take place on Queensland roads this year. Importantly, this roadside drug testing is keeping drug users off our roads, with the ratio of positive drug tests far outstripping the ratio of positive alcohol tests.Recent reports in Queensland news agencies suggest that the acceptance of the importance of drug testing – on our roads, in our workplaces and in our communities – is rising.On the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Council is considering drug testing its council staff. The council is looking to random drug test employees as well as anyone who has been involved in a workplace incident. It’s expected that around 50 drug tests will be conducted each week.In addition, a well-known Queensland hospitality operator has already implemented drug testing of its employees, due to a rising concern with ICE use. The owner says the ICE use is leading to a rise in theft from the business and other issues involving staff.Miners lead the way in drug testing successThe rising trend in drug testing Queensland employees is being seen nationwide. It’s estimated that around 15% of Australian employees are drug tested at work today, compared with around 5% a decade ago. Importantly, there is evidence that conducting drug testing at work can lower drug usage rates. In the early 1980’s the mining industry started introducing drug testing because of a rising concern of employees coming to work under the influence and even using drugs at work. In fact, of all industry sectors, the mining industry was considered the worst for employee drug usage. Given the nature of the industry, the safety implications couldn’t be underestimated or ignored.Today, after 30 years of drug testing, the mining industry has the lowest drug usage rates of all major industries, showing that drug testing, as part of an overall drug and alcohol management plan, can achieve tremendous success.That’s the good news. The bad news is that research shows that other industries are falling behind. The worst is the hospitality industry, with 31% of employees admitting to taking drugs and 7.7% taking drugs at work. Not far behind is construction (24.1% and 4.2%) and manufacturing (23% and 3.6%). While drug testing is on the rise and is having a positive impact –in sports, on our roads, in our workplaces and in our communities – clearly we still have a way to go.NOTE: Integrity Sampling conducts workplace drug testing across Queensland and has 6 branch locations, including Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Winton. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email For more information about the AIIA please visit Drug Testing in Melbourne Workplaces Not an Olympic Effort 2016-09-07T00:42:05Z drug-testing-in-melbourne-workplaces-not-an-olympic-effort Every four years the Olympics rolls around and while much of the focus is on the incredible efforts by athletes across a range of sports, inevitably the spotlight is also on those who are willing to cross the line to get an advantage. Thankfully, stringent drug testing procedures is in place to help weed out the cheats and help ensure that those who step onto the podium deserve to be there.But what about your Melbourne workplace? While it’s unlikely one of your employees is taking drugs to enhance their performance at work, research shows there are many employees who do turn up to work under the influence of drugs. But thankfully, just like at the Olympics, there is something you can do to detect those who are willing to cross the line.How large is the problem?There is plenty of research that shows that drugs are an issue in our community and in our workplace:• Roadside drug testing Melbourne and Victoria, conducted during 2015, found that one in 15 people tested were driving under the influence of drugs. Victorian Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer has said this is likely to climb to 1 in 10 in 2016.• Recent research carried out by the Western Australian State Government showed that Western Australians are consuming around 2 tonnes of methamphetamines each year, valued at a street value of $2 billion.• Cannabis remains our most used illicit drug, with 10.2% of Australians aged 14 years and over having used cannabis in 2014. Other commonly used drugs include cocaine (2.1%), ecstasy (2.5%) and methamphetamines / amphetamines (2.1%).• 2% of Australians have confessed to coming to work under the influence of drugs.Implementing drug testing in your Melbourne workplaceYou don’t need to be an Olympian to implement drug testing in your Melbourne workplace. But you do need to have a drug and alcohol management plan. And you do need to educate your employees about the plan and the drug testing that you intend to implement.Just like Olympic athletes, there is plenty of help available on the sidelines. There are businesses, such the highly experienced Integrity Sampling, who can help with all aspects, including developing a drug and alcohol management plan and educating your employees. Integrity Sampling – which has more than 30 branches across Australia – can help you implement drug testing in your Melbourne workplace, as part of your goal of ensuring a safer workplace. Why conduct drug testing in a Brisbane workplace? 2016-08-01T01:07:32Z why-conduct-drug-testing-in-a-brisbane-workplace If you’re a Brisbane business owner or manager, why should you conduct drug testing in your workplace? We can think of many good reasons why drug testing in a Brisbane workplace, or any workplace in Australia for that matter, is a business imperative, but if you’re only looking for one reason it’s simple: it may be the best way to protect your business.Why? Because if one of your employees is involved in an accident in your workplace and is then proven to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it can have a devastating impact on your business. For example, if the accident is a fatality the case will go to the Coroners Court, where you’ll be asked if your workplace has a drug an alcohol policy. You’ll also be asked to provide evidence of how you act on the policy and how you police it, including details about the drug testing carried out in your Brisbane business. Hopefully you’ll be able to provide the answers the Coroner is looking for!Drug testing in Brisbane workplaces a part of any good safety programConducting drug testing in your Brisbane business, and having drug and alcohol policies and procedures, is a vital part of any robust workplace safety program. Your policies and procedures should clearly detail the responsibilities of everyone in the workplace, what types of drug testing are carried out, the procedure for someone who is detected under the influence of drugs or alcohol, including disciplinary actions, and the support available for those needing help.Apart from protecting your business, here are a few other key reasons why having a drug and alcohol policy and procedures, and acting on these policies and procedures, is vital:• In some cases, your employees won’t be able to get onto a work-site if your company doesn’t have drug and alcohol policies and procedures. For example, building contractors covered by the Building Code and working on a site being developed using federal money must now have drug and alcohol policies and procedures.• By having drug and alcohol policies and procedures, and educating your employees about the details, they’ll know what’s expected of them and understand the importance of being fit for work and not coming to work under the influence of drugs.• If you don’t have a policy or procedures, how will you deal with an employee who you suspect is under the influence? How will you provide their infraction and what will be the consequences?Integrity Sampling conducts drug testing in Brisbane, as well as the regional Queensland locations of Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville. The company has more than 30 locations throughout Australia.For more information about Integrity Sampling’s drug and alcohol testing services in Perth, see Integrity Sampling’s Brisbane page.