COVID-19 - All Safework Laboratories

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.

View Our COVID-19 FAQ

industry assembly linescrewssteel manufacturingweldingbottling alcoholchemical industrypressure gaugeconstruction industrytransport industrysteel manufacturingwarehousing


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

drugs in the workplaceworkplace accidentdrug related accident


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.



Stay up to date on your legal requirements for drug safety at work.

Sign up to our newsletter today and receive our free reference report:
ostly mistakes when drug testing at work report
“The seven most costly mistakes Human Resources and Safety Officers commonly make when it comes to drug safety at work – and how to avoid them today!”

Three Reasons Why You Want To Engage Safework Laboratories


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

Latest News

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.


Read more
Alcohol and drug use during COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 on alcohol and other drug use at work in 2021

December 8, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on alcohol and other drug use at work is proving to be a long term problem. With the stress of the pandemic, many people have turned to substance abuse to cope.

We’ve seen similar trends happen after highly traumatic events. For example, the number of Australians who drank alcohol increased following the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. Alcohol consumption rates also jumped after the horrific Queensland floods in 2011.

How can public health officials deal with the growing threat of substance abuse during COVID-19? What can state and federal government officials do to help?


Read more
synthetic drugs

Synthetic drug deaths and what they mean to your workplace

November 30, 2020

Victoria health officials have uncovered a new synthetic drug cocktail possibly more potent than anything they’ve seen before. A coronial inquest last week revealed the truth behind the mysterious death of five young men between 2016 and 2017. All victims had taken an illegal drug initially thought to have been a bad ecstasy.

However, an autopsy later found it was in fact a combination of two rare synthetic substances that may have killed the young Victorians. Health officials now warn that the drug might already be making the rounds across the state.

What danger does this new drug cocktail pose on your workers? How can you prevent it from affecting your workplace?


Read more
Drug use in Australia during COVID-19

Drug use in Australia soars during COVID

November 5, 2020

Drug use trends in Australia continue to rise despite the impact of COVID-19 and the implementation of lock down measures.

With state and federal governments adopting COVID lock down measures, many people expected that they could help curb drug abuse trends in the country. In theory, the move would severely limit people’s ability to buy and sell drugs especially on the streets.

But a new report from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) paints a drastically different picture from what was expected.


Read more

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.