With brand new facilities, state of the art equipment, and a spectacular growth story across Australia and New Zealand, how could any of us from the RACI Vic Branch and SCI Australia Section who visited the Envirolab Services Pty Ltd laboratories in Croydon South, a suburb of Melbourne, on March 13th not be impressed with and maybe a little bit envious of what this dynamic new company has achieved in a relatively short time?
Dr Richard Thwaites, Australia International group Chair
The Envirolab Group story started in Sydney in 2005, founded by Managing Director Tania Notaras, a former RACI Board Member and Past President of the NSW Branch, together with her husband and business partners. The company expanded by acquiring laboratories in Perth in 2010, Melbourne in 2012 and Auckland in 2017. The Melbourne branch moved to its current facilities in June 2018. In capital cities where it doesn’t have laboratories, the company has sales offices. It is now the largest Australian owned privately operating environment laboratory in Australia.
The Envirolab Group now comprises Envirolab Services, MPL Laboratories and Labtec, and the range of analyses carried out is comprehensive. It includes soil and water testing, testing for asbestos, reporting on workplace hazards, biological and microbiological testing, analysing acid sulfate soils, PFAS testing and, predominantly at their Auckland branch, methamphetamine and other drug residue testing to comply with regulations surrounding the purchase and sale of property.
Test methods and internal procedures comply with national and international standards and the Australian branches are proud to have achieved relevant NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accreditation.
Our group was expertly hosted by Analisa Mathrick, Business Development Manager, and Pamela Adams, Laboratory Manager. We were given a comprehensive site tour, including a review of the company’s history, achievements and philosophies, and an opportunity to inspect the magnificent new laboratories and equipment.
Afterwards many of us adjourned to enjoy a convivial meal at a local Thai restaurant.