Biomonitoring

Mission

To support programs concerning environmental health and emergency preparedness, as well as the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, by measuring the uptake of environmental toxicants in human specimens.

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 toxic elements and chemicals in the environment, such as metals and harmful organic compounds.
  • Implement diverse analytical methods designed to detect human exposure to a variety of occupational and environmental chemical agents, such as cyanide, pesticides, and volatile compounds.
  • Assist environmental health programs by screening targeted populations if an environmental contaminant is discovered.
  • Maintain strong working relationships with area hospitals and environmental stakeholders.

Accomplishments

  • The Biomonitoring Laboratory has recently partnered with Rhode Island Hospital and the Providence Fire Department to conduct a research study on the extent of cyanide exposure in first responders.
  • The laboratory received funding to aid in combating the nationís opioid epidemic and will be implementing a bio-surveillance program aimed at determining the cause(s) of non-fatal drug overdoses in Rhode Island.