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As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, Safework Laboratories remains open and fully operational. We will be working with you through the pandemic.

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According to statistics,
17% of all workers commit
some level of substance abuse.

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Almost anywhere in Australia, our mobile drug testing clinics can come to perform on-site drug and alcohol screening for your company.

Workplace drug alcohol testing

Drug Testing Workplace Solutions

Integrated Provider Truly National 24 hr Turnaround

Drug and Alcohol use can create challenges which impact on every aspect of an individual’s life, potentially leading to health issues and affecting life at home and at work. Whether drug and alcohol testing is a regulatory requirement or best practice, Safework Laboratories Workplace Solutions has a wide range of services to support you. These include drug and alcohol policy advice, training and education, onsite drug and alcohol testing, accredited laboratory services and the provision of Expert Witnesses.

It is not just about employee safety anymore; it’s about employee health and fatigue and promoting a healthy workplace culture. Being such a sensitive issue however, you do not want to get it wrong. If you seek advice and support in starting and/or running your program, working with a NATA accredited provider should be your first focus. Knowing that the processes you implement are going to stand up when challenged is vital.

Service Offering
Safework Laboratories has an unparalleled breadth of advisory services and testing capabilities, spanning laboratory and screening tests across all sample types. This, combined with our unique experience of working with a range of organisations across different industry sectors, enables us to create a solution that is right for each customer. The result is a tailor-made drug and alcohol programme that helps our clients achieve their objectives and overcome and potential issues.

Safework Laboratories own and operate our own National Network of labs exclusively testing drugs under AS/NZS 4308:2008 (urine) and AS/NZS 4760:2019 (oral fluid). This allows us to offer an unrivalled ‘Guaranteed 24 Hour Turnaround’ of results from receipt of samples. Faster turnaround times save you time and money!

We also offer a broader range of testing capabilities including Designer Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Cathinones and DMAA), Synthetic Urine and Hair Analysis.

Talk to us for free advice on implementing and managing your A & OD program in your workplace.


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Super-Fast Lab Results

guaranteed 24 hour lab turnaround time once samples have been received


Quality Assured

we are ISO compliant, ensuring the highest quality processes and service


NATA Accredited

NATA ( accredited organisation for onsite drug testing

Some Startling Facts

Discover some surprising facts about drug use and its impact on the workplace.

Australian workers

Over 70% of illegal drug users are employed!

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80% of the crime committed in Australia is drug related

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Most drug users take drugs at work


30% of the bodies in Melbourne’s morgue show traces of marijuana

Training Courses

drug and alcohol safety at the workplace training

Our national presence enables us to deliver training to you, anywhere, anytime.

The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs is prevalent in today’s society. Ongoing education is crucial to help harness a safer, healthier and more productive workforce.

We offer a vast range of drug and alcohol education programs suitable for all individuals and businesses. These cost-effective training solutions can be tailored uniquely to your organisation.

Being a truly Australia-wide provider, we are able to deliver the training programs to you, practically anywhere and anytime – including many of them online.

For details on our range of courses including upcoming dates, please see our Drug Testing Training, Education & Awareness Programs page.

Latest News

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COVID Rapid Antigen Test vs PCR Test – Which Is Better? (incl. Infographic)

September 7, 2021

We’re battling the COVID-19 pandemic’s next wave of cases and new variants. The same safety measures we started with remain as important as ever. But when it comes to diagnostic tests, if we compare the PCR vs. the antigen test, which is better? Which is more accurate or more practical?

Here is a quick comparison.


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Australia still struggles with alcohol and amphetamines

August 19, 2021

Alcohol is still Australia’s most abused substance. Yet amphetamine use comes in second and continues to rise.

These are the findings of the 2019-2020 alcohol and drug treatment service report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). During that period, over 139,000 Australians sought addiction treatment. One-third (34%) of the cases were for alcohol and over a fourth (28%) were for methylamphetamines.


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Drug overdose kills more Australians than road accidents

June 18, 2021

Drug abuse: It’s a silent yet deadly epidemic that’s been secretly sweeping across Australia for decades.

And as this hidden scourge continues to worsen, the death toll due to drug overdose will keep rising with it.

In fact, according to the Pennington Institute’s Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2020, there were 2,070 drug overdose deaths in 2018. That figure is nearly twice the number of accidental road deaths (1,220) in that same year.

Just how bleak is the situation? And what can you, as an employer, do to protect your company and employees from this lethal epidemic?


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Perth Branch News: We’re Moving to Belmont!

June 7, 2021

Safework Laboratories is proud to announce that we have a brand-new, state-of-the-art drug-testing laboratory and office in Perth!

We are no longer at our Welshpool and Cannington locations. Our new home will be at 161 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont WA 6104.


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