The ALGA Methamphetamine & Other Illicit Drugs interest group has been established to provide a platform for interested and related professionals to progress and highlight the issue of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs and the wide range of implications whichthese drugs have on human health and the environment.
Some of the key focuses of the group are to:
- Advocate for regulatory reform related to the assessment and management of illicit drugs and their impacts on human health and the built environment;
- Develop existing and new professional networks to build knowledge and capacity within industry for the appropriate and risk-based assessment of sites impacted by illicit drug related activity.
- Build knowledge and capacity within industry to support the appropriate decontamination and remediation of sites impacted by illicit drug related activity.
- Advocate for, and support appropriate academic research into the impacts of illicit drug on human health and the built environment, to scientific and professional knowledge and understanding of illicit drug contamination risks.
- Provide as a reference point for up-to-date scientific knowledge and information on illicit drug impacts and human health risk in the built environment to inform opinion and reporting within the media.
2019 Committee Members (renewed each calendar year):
Chair: Miles Stratford – MethSolutions
Miles is the founder of MethSolutions, a full service MethRisk Management business helping businesses and individuals avoid and manage the risks presented by MethAffected property. Miles has been involved in the MethRisk Management business for over 7 years. He is a foundation member of the Auckland Regional Meth Working Group (ARMWG). He is also a member of the Standards NZ committee developing NZS 8150 – testing and decontamination of methamphetamine contaminated properties. Miles believes that the industries which serve the needs of people who find themselves dealing with meth affected properties, need to be better coordinated and improved. The harm that meth-affected-properties cause people, needs to be reduced. His view is that the Methamphetamine and Other Illicit Drugs Interest Group, operating under the ALGA framework, has a great opportunity to catalyse and promote positive development and change.
Giovanni Agosti, Group Technical Manager – Envirolab Group
Giovanni has nearly 30 years’ experience in the environmental testing sector and has been involved in the illicit drug testing since 2015.
Giovanni leads and coordinates the development of new analysis and new analytical techniques across the entire Envirolab group in Australia and New Zealand, not only for illicit drugs analysis but also for other newly emerging contaminants.
Graham Corban, Client Service Manager – Hill Laboratories
Graham has more than 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand environmental testing sector and has been involved in methamphetamine testing industry since 2012. He is a specialist in methamphetamine laboratory analysis, with an in-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art analytical techniques for the detection of methamphetamine in properties for investigative and remediation purposes. As a Client Service Manager for Hill Laboratories, he is a key technical point of contact for the methamphetamine testing industry and is a member of the Standards New Zealand committee developing NZS 8510 – testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties.
Hannah Crisp, Team Leader – ChemCentre
Hannah has more than 12 years’ experience in clandestine laboratory and illicit drug analysis and has attended over 300 clandestine laboratory scenes during this time. She manages a team of scientists who specialise in the attendance and analysis of clandestine laboratories in Western Australia (WA) as well as the analysis and reporting of routine illicit drug exhibits, drug profiling samples and clandestine remediation samples.
She was a working group member for the production of national training guidelines for clandestine laboratory attendance and is heavily involved with the running of training courses in conjunction with WA Police to ensure that all staff who attended clandestine laboratories in WA are suitably trained to enable these scenes to be processed as safely and efficiently as possible.
Anthony Saunders, Principal – EnviroSure
Antony Saunders is a Certified Practicing Insurance Professional a Senior Associate of the Insurance Institute of Australasia and specialised in Environmental Security for 13 years. He has created national guidelines for a wide range of government prescribed insurance contracts and claims management procedures.
Liam Taylor BSc (Hons) – Managing Director – Savana Environmental Australia Pty Ltd
Liam has been working in the Hazardous Waste Remediation industry for 17 Years in Australia and the UK, and has experience in all areas including illicit drugs (which he began working in 4 years ago), but also asbestos, mould, lead and contaminated land. Liam coordinates a specialist remediation team out of the Perth office and would like to see ALGA as one of the key drivers in the legislation of remediation of clandestine properties in Australia. He would also like to see established an Australian Standard for remediation of properties with stricter emphasis on the requirement to test properties. He is passionate about the need for increased awareness and education about the potential health impacts this issue can have and the need for stricter controls.
Dr Jackie Wright, Principal – Environmental Risk Sciences
Dr Jackie Wright has completed PhD research work through Flinders University, is the director of Environmental Risk Sciences and is a Fellow of ACTRA. She has over 25 years of experience in human health and environmental toxicology and risk assessment. She has been directly involved in the development of national guidelines for a wide range of issues.
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