COVID-19 testing laboratory NATA accredited


NATA Accredited

COVID-19 Testing Lab

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We are excited to announce that NATA has granted SW Labs with a full accreditation for our brand new COVID-19 testing laboratory.

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and Services continue

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/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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guaranteed 24 hour lab turnaround time once samples have been received


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


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Latest News

Drug abuse during COVID-19

Changing of the Guard – Drug Abuse During COVID-19

September 24, 2020

As Australia continues to grapple with COVID-19, the country also has to deal with an ongoing drug abuse problem. The federal and state governments adopted lock-down measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They closed down all non-essential businesses including pubs and clubs, where people sometimes meet to buy and sell illicit drugs.

But instead of helping curb substance abuse, the move seems to have only caused an inconvenience to drug users. People who had a hard time buying illicit drugs merely switched from one substance for another. Some have even found more potent alternatives to the ones they were using before.

Let’s take a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is causing widespread changes in drug abuse trends in Australia.


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Medicinal cannabis access in Queensland

Is It Safe For Workers To Take Medicinal Cannabis?

September 8, 2020

Registered medical practitioners in Queensland can now prescribe medicinal cannabis to their patients if they think it’s clinically appropriate. Previously, only specialist doctors had the authority to issue such prescriptions. But a recent amendment to existing legislation effectively changed this requirement.

With more doctors allowed to issue medicinal cannabis prescription, it raises new concerns for the public. Is it safe for workers to use the drug? Will it affect their performance at work? Here’s our take on the matter.


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Addictive drugs disappear from Queensland hospitals

September 3, 2020

Thousands of highly addictive medicines have been stolen from several Queensland hospitals presumably by the facilities’ own staff. In a recent ABC News article, journalist Allyson Horn brought light to a potential new drug ring in the state. Hospital workers have been stealing supplies of restricted drugs from their employers.

Among the medicines taken were highly potent opiates such as Fentanyl, Oxycodone, and Methadone. It is highly likely that these drugs will be sold on the black market.

What exactly happened? How could these workers manage to steal large amounts of controlled substances from under the employers’ noses Let’s take a closer look at what may be another brewing drug problem for the country.


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Benzodiazepine trade via black-market in Australia

Benzodiazepines abuse continues to grow via the black market in Australia

August 18, 2020

Australia has a long history of battling benzodiazepines abuse dating back to the 1970s. While the government was successful in controlling the supply of the drugs, it ultimately failed in stopping the demand. Regulatory measures only forced the drug trade underground, giving birth to a thriving and lucrative black market. Today, ‘benzos’ continue to fuel Aussies’ addiction to prescription drugs with no clear end in sight.

What exactly are benzodiazepines and how can they affect workers’ health and well-being? Our chief toxicologist Dr Phil Tynan breaks down the history and profile of these psychoactive drugs.


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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.