Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to all your workplace health and safety questions.

It is a workplace obligation under WH&S Act 2011 (OHS Act 2004 in Victoria) to take reasonable steps to ensure safety in a workplace.

Your company has a duty of care to anticipate and address any potential threats to health and safety at work. Misusing drugs and/or alcohol means individuals may endanger their health and safety and that of their colleagues.

In addition, drug and alcohol testing can enable you to identify problem workers early, increase productivity, reduce employee turnover and recruitment costs, and reduce worker’s compensation claims, saving you time and money.

Find out more about the benefits of drug testing in the workplace.

A drug and alcohol policy and procedure is crucial for maintaining the health and safety of your employees and business. It educates and sets expectations for employees and supports the company in complying with WHS/OHS legislation.

Discover how we can help you develop and implement a drug and alcohol policy and procedure for your workplace.

A company can test employees as described in the company’s drug and alcohol policy. Many companies utilise pre-employment, random, blanket, post-incident and reasonable cause drug and alcohol testing. All testing (except pre-employment) can be without notice, which means employees are unaware of when the testing will occur. Educating your workers about the type of testing allowed in your drug and alcohol policy is essential. Testing may occur any time, including after an incident or accident at work or randomly.

We carry out a multitude of pre-employment medical assessments on a vast array of paperwork checklists.  You do not have to use Safework Health’s paperwork.

Our qualified and experienced team of Collectors perform the sample collections for drug and alcohol testing at your workplace. Our Collectors have been recruited to be professional yet sensitive to the needs of your staff and company.

Our team completes quality controls under AS/NZS 4308:2008 and AS/NZS 4760:2019, as well as standard integrity and temperature checks.

Drug screening samples that require further testing (non-negatives) after screening are packaged and couriered to one of our NATA-accredited laboratories across Australia.

Learn more about our drug and alcohol testing procedures.

Safework Health can perform drug and alcohol testing onsite at your workplace or in our offices located across Australia.

Screening is conducted discretely, maintaining privacy and confidentiality in a dedicated room at your workplace. Where available, we have mobile clinics (vans) that can come to your workplace to perform drug testing.

We also offer a “collect and send” service, where no onsite screening is performed. Instead, we collect the urine or oral fluid sample, package it according to Australian Standards, and send the samples to our NATA-accredited laboratories.

Learn more about where we conduct drug and alcohol screening.

Safework Health Collectors alert the site contact as soon as they know a non-negative onsite screening result. Then, we package the sample according to Australian Standards and send it to our toxicology laboratories for confirmatory testing.

The site contact is responsible for managing the worker following your company’s drug and alcohol policy and procedure. It is crucial a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing policy and procedure is in place so managers and team leaders can follow the steps and manage the worker accordingly.

Discover how we can help you develop a drug and alcohol policy and procedure for your workplace.

We offer a wide range of drug and alcohol screening services, including:

  • Pre-employment
  • Blanket
  • Random
  • Return to work
  • Inductions
  • Post-incident
  • Reasonable Cause

Find out more about our drug screening services.

We can conduct drug and alcohol tests using the following methods:
Urine testing
Oral fluid (saliva) testing
Hair follicle testing
Wastewater surveillance testing
• Alcohol breath testing

Find out more about our drug and alcohol screening services.

The Australian Standards prescribe the drugs we can test for. Plus, we are only permitted to conduct drug testing in accordance with the specific guidelines outlined in the company’s drug and alcohol policy and procedure.

The drugs we can test for include:
Amphetamine (speed)
Benzodiazepine (sleeping tablets, relaxants)
Cannabis (marijuana, THC)
• Methamphetamine (ecstasy, ice)
• Opiates (heroin)
Oxycodone and fentanyl
Synthetic and designer drugs

Discover more about what we drug test for.

A pre employment medical assessment is an essential part of a successful recruitment process. Employers are responsible for ensuring candidates are physically and medically fit to undertake the tasks required of the role so they can maintain a safe working environment.

Components of a pre employment medical may include but are not limited to:
• Occupational and Medical History Questionnaire
• Drug Screening to Australian Standards
• Audiometry Screening
• Vision (including colour vision) Assessment
• Spirometry
• Functional Capacity Evaluation
• Musculoskeletal Assessment
• 12 Lead Passive ECG
• Diabetes Testing (fasting glucose)
• Pathology Blood Testing (total lipids profile, HbA1C, fasting glucose)

Find out more about our pre employment medical services.


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