Environmental Health Laboratory
Laboratory Investigations for Healthier Washington Workplaces

















Soul Catch
Our symbol, the
"Soul Catcher," is a Northwest Coast Indian symbol of physical and mental well-being.
(Artist: Marvin Oliver)



Environmental Health Laboratories

lab equipmentThe Environmental Health Laboratory provides both consultating and analytical services.

We do not provide industrial hygiene services but rather work closely with the Department's Field Research and Consultation Group (FRCG) and the Occupational Medicine Clinic in their assessments of health and safety problems. Employers desiring a workplace assessment should contact the Field Research and Consultation Group. Workers seeking health assessment should contact the Occupational Medicine Clinic.

Examples of consultation services:
  • Provide advice on sampling media and methods of sampling
  • Assist in identifying possible exposure hazards in chemical or industrial processes
  • Assist in retrospective assessment of chemical exposure
Examples of analytical services:
  • Analysis of compressed breathing air for Washington employers, primarily fire departments and commercial divers
  • Method development and validation for new chemical hazards
  • NIOSH and OSHA analyses in support of industrial hygiene consultations
  • Chemical analysis of non-routine samples for industrial hygiene or occupational medicine assessments
  • Materials testing to determine the source of exposures
There is no fee for these services by the Environmental Health Laboratory.

Trace Organics Analysis Center (TOAC)

The TOAC is a fee-for-service cost center at the University of Washington. Its primary purpose is to make sophisticated instrumentation and analytical expertise available to researchers. We are focused on analyses assessing environmental or personal exposures to toxic chemicals. We have a broad range of equipment for organic, gravimetrics and inorganic analyses.

Instruments are available to investigators who are either knowledgeable in their operation or who have been trained by the TOAC staff. Time of use will be charged based on our current hourly instrument rate. In addition, TOAC staff can be hired for instrument operation or for training at our current hourly rate for personnel. Clients are generally responsible for providing their own columns and consumables (e.g. solvents & vials). We do have some chromatography columns (GC & HPLC) available for trial use assuming that the assay does not damage the columns.


Examples of analytical methods

Contact us for rate information or an estimate of costs.





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