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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/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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Super-Fast Lab Results

guaranteed 24 hour lab turnaround time once samples have been received


Quality Assured

we are ISO certified, 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

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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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ToxWipe 7 – Our Most Comprehensive Onsite Oral Drug Testing Device

February 2, 2021

The most recent Australian Standard for drug testing in oral fluid (AS/NZS 4760:2019) was released in March 2019. Since then, manufacturers of onsite oral fluid devices have been hard at work to develop devices to meet the new requirements.

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new, independently verified onsite oral fluid device to AS/NZS 4760:2019 – the ToxWipe 7.


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Ice production and availability on increase despite record seizures by Police

January 28, 2021

Illicit drug makers are finding new and creative ways to continue their ice production while trying to avoid the law. Recent government crackdowns on pseudoephedrine supply chains have severely limited access to ice ingredients. However, instead of discouraging illegal activities, the move may have even intensified drug production and availability.

A United Nations report revealed that crime groups have begun using more diverse chemical sets in their drugs. With ephedrine and pseudoephedrine supplies dwindling, some criminals are now experimenting with less conventional but equally potent alternatives. Authorities warn that this could lead to harder and more dangerous ice variants making their way to the streets.


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Cocaine use still growing despite COVID-19

January 20, 2021

Australia’s problem with widespread cocaine use continues despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sydney police conducted major drug busts related to so-called ‘Dial-a-Dealer’ operations in the city from November to December 2020. Officers seized more than $170,000 worth of illicit drugs including cocaine, cannabis and MDMA. They also arrested 137 people, some of which were professionals with decent jobs.

What’s so alarming about the case is how easy it has become for drug dealers to peddle their wares. Many of them have developed a delivery system where buyers only need to call a designated phone number. Dealers would then bring the drugs to the buyer’s preferred location. This is likely because of the impact of COVID-19 restrictions throughout the country.


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Workplace safety acronyms and signs

Workplace Safety Acronyms: WHS, OHS, OSH, SMS & CoR

December 15, 2020

Every business leader needs to be familiar with the different workplace safety acronyms. Depending on where your business is located, you might see WHS, OHS or OSH in your company’s occupational safety policy.

Most of these terms have practically the same meaning. However, some states and organisations prefer to use certain acronyms in their legal documents. It’s important that you know when and where each term can be used.

Here’s our simple guide to understanding the most common workplace safety acronyms.


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