MEDIA RELEASE 15 January 2008
Workshops educate Australian businesses about drug use in the workplace
Drug and alcohol testing and screening specialist Frontline Diagnostics will
hold a series of workshops in March 2008 to educate Australian employers about
the prevalence and impact of drugs at work and how to develop policies to ensure
a drug-safe workplace.
The Drug-Safe workshops, designed for business owners and managers and
Occupational Health & Safety managers, will be held in Sydney, Canberra,
Wollongong, Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne from March 2008.
The two hour workshops will feature a number of speakers including Frontline
Diagnostics Managing Director Michael White, a legal expert and a toxicologist
(a specialist in identifying the effects of drugs in the body).
Michael White established Frontline Diagnostics in 1999 to provide Australian
industry with a complete solution for the detection, management and control of
alcohol and other drugs in the workplace.
"Most managers are oblivious to drug use and drug impairment at work. It's not
easy to monitor the presence of drugs at work, yet 70 per cent of drug users in
Australia are employed. Organisations need to remember that a reputation for
drug use will kill a business just as fast as it will kill a drug user," Michael
"The upcoming workshops will focus on a number of areas including how to develop
and implement a drug and alcohol policy; training managers and teaching
employees about company policy; differences between the types of drug testing
available; how Frontline Diagnostics can screen your entire workplace for the
presence of drugs and finally, how to structure an effective random drug testing
program for employees," he said.
Michael has experienced first-hand how drug use can be overlooked in the
workplace and the damaging consequences.
"Prior to setting up Frontline Diagnostics I worked with a business partner in
pharmaceutical promotions for 15 years. We had a great working relationship and
I was unaware that he was a heroin addict until he overdosed and passed away
after 12 years of using the drug," Michael said.
"It was then that I decided I wanted to work towards creating a drug-safe
Australia. Using my background in pharmaceuticals, I started Frontline
Diagnostics to provide a testing and screening service as well as assistance in
policy development for companies to lessen the impact of drug and alcohol use in
the workplace," he said.
The first workshops will be held on Tuesday, 4 March in Newcastle; Tuesday, 18
March in Brisbane and Tuesday, 25 March in Sydney. The Drug-Safe workshops cost
$60 (breakfast included) to attend. Details about dates and venues as well as
how to register can be obtained by calling 1800 888 852.
Frontline Diagnostics services include complete drug screening and testing with
results analysis and comprehensive reporting; policy development support for
regulating alcohol and other drugs at the workplace; education workshops and
training; purpose-built mobile clinics plus referral to accredited employee
Frontline Diagnostics is also a founding member of the Drug-Safe Australia
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For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413