Contact

Cindy Vanner

Biomonitoring/Chemical Terrorism Preparedness and Response

Mission

To support the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and environmental health and emergency preparedness programs by testing human specimens for lead and other potentially toxic environmental substances.

What we do

  • Test blood collected from children throughout the state to determine whether they have been exposed to lead.
  • Participate in studies designed to assess population exposure to environmental chemicals.
  • Implement analytical methods developed by scientists at CDC designed to detect toxic chemicals in specimens from people who may have been exposed as a result of an act of terrorism.
  • Assist hospital Emergency Departments with preparedness to submit specimens to the state laboratory for testing in the event of a toxic chemical release.
  • Maintain preparedness to perform testing and/or ship large quantities of specimens to CDC for testing.
  • Participate in the CDC Laboratory Response Network (LRN) proficiency testing program.

Accomplishments

  • In 2015, the Blood Lead Laboratory completed 14,936 blood tests. These test requests are received from the Community Health Centers and pediatric practices.
  • Maintained capacity and demonstrated proficiency in multiple methods for the detection of toxic industrial chemical poisons and warfare agents.
  • Successfully participated in CDC-led exercises designed to test the laboratory’s emergency preparedness and capability to receive, package and ship and test a large number of specimens.