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DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM AT WORK?

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

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MOBILE DRUG TESTING IN AUSTRALIA

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

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Drug Testing Workplace Solutions

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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/NZ 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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Three Reasons Why You Want To Engage Safework Laboratories

1

Super-Fast Lab Results

guaranteed 24 hour lab turnaround time once samples have been received

2

Quality Assured

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

3

NATA Accredited

NATA (www.nata.com.au) 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

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

Training Courses

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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.

Results in record time – 14 days to set up a COVID-19 Testing Lab

Safework Laboratories was approached by Mineral Resources Ltd to work together and set up a COVID-19 testing laboratory on site within a week.

Normally setting up a new lab takes about 3 months.  But the goal was to protect workers and their families as quickly as humanly possible.

The extraordinary dedication of all parties involved resulted in the lab being completely operational from scratch within fourteen days. From an empty building on the 1st April to fully functioning COVID-19 testing lab on the 14th April.

Mineral Resources produced the adjacent video, telling the story. You can also read about it in our blog post here.

Latest News

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Five Insane Workplace Drug Addiction Stories

April 20, 2021

We all know that drug addiction in the workplace is one of the worst and potentially devastating problems your company can encounter.

It is not easy to spot drug addicts among the staff, as most of the time drug users are extremely good at hiding their habits.

However, here is a selection of examples where drug users were not quite as successful in hiding those habits…

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How to guard against synthetic drug abuse at work

April 13, 2021

Synthetic drug abuse in the workplace is a serious problem, but sadly it’s not being discussed enough. Drug users are typically very good at hiding their habits, especially if they’re at work. And as a society, we’re generally taught not to tell on our coworkers. This makes it harder to address the situation.

However, as a business leader, your duty involves keeping your company and employees safe. You need to confront your workers if you think they’re posing a serious threat not only to themselves but others as well. This includes taking on the issue of synthetic drug abuse at work no matter how difficult the conversation might be.

What dangers do synthetic drugs pose to the workers? How can you protect your workplace from the impacts of these drugs? Read on to find out the answers.

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CBD vs THC – Everything You Need to Know About Medicinal Cannabis

March 9, 2021

CBD and THC are two of the most popular chemical compounds found in marijuana (Cannabis sativa) plant. Recent studies have shown the potential of these cannabinoids to be used in medical treatments. However, they can still cause some negative side effects especially when not taken properly.

As an employer, it’s best to know how CBD and THC can affect your workers’ health and performance. Understanding the impacts of medicinal cannabis on your employees can help protect your company from potential workplace accidents.

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Low-dose CBD oils (cannabidiol) are now available in Australian pharmacies

Is CBD Oil Consumption Safe for the Workplace?

March 3, 2021

Pharmacies in Australia now sell low-dose CBD oil without the need for a prescription as of 1 February 2021. The news comes after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced a final decision to down-schedule certain CBD products. This marks the first time that the mood-altering substance is made available to the public through pharmacies.

With easier access to CBD oils, what does this mean for workers taking the substance? Will it lead to higher usage rates in the workplace? Can it show up as false positives in drug testing?

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