The mission of the Environmental Health Laboratory is to:
- Provide consultative and analytical services to employers and labor through support to industrial hygiene and occupational medicine professionals in Washington State. Our expertise is in chemical hazard identification, monitoring, and analysis.
- Support training of industrial hygiene and occupational medicine professionals in chemical hazard assessment.
- Research and develop new analytical and sampling methodologies for workplace chemical hazards.
Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL) and Trace Organics Analytical
Center (TOAC) are directed by Dr. Russell Dills and are co-located on the
fourth floor of the F-Wing of the Health Sciences Center.
The EHL was accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene
Association (AIHA) during 1977–2008 and is accredited by AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC) since 2008. We provide
analytical support for the Field
Research and Consultation Group and Industrial
Hygiene program of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; the Washington State Department of Labor
and Industries; and labor organizations, employers, and
workers throughout the State.
The TOAC is supported by research grants
and income from fee-for-service analyses. The two groups together have a total of three research scientists, one research technologist, an operations manager, and a director.
Environmental Health Laboratory began in the 1940s as the "Environmental
Research Lab" within the Preventive Medicine division of the School
of Medicine. Since that time, the Preventive Medicine division has
become the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the
"Environmental Reseach Lab" has grown into the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. The EHL's laboratory-based service, teaching, and research
mission has continued to the present day.