Envirolab Services Now Has NATA Accreditation for Arsenic Testing of Waters and Urine

 03/06/2014

Arsenic testing and analysis of waters and urine is now available at the NATA accredited laboratories of Envirolab Group.  

Found as a natural component in the soil, arsenic occurs in an organic and inorganic form. Less toxic, organic arsenic may occur naturally in many types of foods, such as seafood, shellfish, meat, poultry and cereal products. Once consumed, this organic form of arsenic is quickly eliminated by the body.

Inorganic forms of arsenic (e.g. arsenate and arsenite) have particularly adverse health effects. Found naturally in soil and rock, inorganic arsenic can enter groundwater, creeks, dams, reservoirs and other sources of water supply by wind-blown dust, industrial operations including mining and smelting, erosion of natural deposits and natural disasters including bush fires, major storms and flooding.

Once inorganic arsenic has entered sources of water supply, exposure may occur through the activities of drinking contaminated water, preparing food with contaminated water or consuming food that has been irrigated with contaminated water.

Due to its level of toxicity, inorganic arsenic has been used for preserving and protecting wood against insects including the 'white ant' or termite, bacteria and fungi. Wood treated by products containing arsenic may include decks, building foundations, fences, outdoor and playground material and generally wood that has been protected from decay. Arsenic has also been used in pesticides, poisons and weed killers.

Water and urine testing for arsenic can be done by collecting the sample in a container and following the instructions provided in our fact sheet on arsenic speciation in water and urine.  

For further information and technical assistance on how we can help you with collecting your sample for arsenic analysis and testing, contact enquiries@envirolabservices.com.au or call (02) 9910 6200.


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