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.


  • 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.