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Human Biomonitoring for Metals

biomonitoringHuman exposure to natural and synthetic contaminants has recently come to the forefront of public concern with frequent stories in the media about the potential harm from metals in our environment. Fish consumption, vaccines, contaminated food products, and poorly regulated supplements are all potential threats to human health. Assessing human biomonitoring samples can be quite challenging because every sample has its own unique chemistry depending on lifestyle and genetics, as well as differences from food and supplement intake. Brooks Rand Labs can support the elemental and molecular quantitation of metals and halogenated compounds for every distinctive sample submitted. For more than a decade, Brooks Rand Labs has provided analytical method development and specialized analysis of ions, small molecules, amino acids, proteins, and other more complex molecular forms in a variety of human tissues and fluids, including blood, urine, organ tissue, hair, and teeth. If you would like further information or a quotation for your next project, please contact us.

Update from the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant

ICMGPDid you miss out on the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) this year (held in South Korea in June)? Here’s a chance to get a rundown of conference highlights! BRL’s Annie Carter will be speaking at the September 9th meeting of the Delta Tributaries Mercury Council (DTMC) between 12:45 – 1:10 pm. And, you don’t have to travel to Sacramento to participate in DTMC meetings; they are available in real-time via WebEx.¬†While at the ICMGP, Ms. Carter discussed distillation techniques for methylmercury analysis and, of course, attended many sessions emphasizing the latest developments in the world of mercury research.

The DTMC brings together a wide array of participants who manage and monitor Northern California’s waterways. To join the DTMC mailing list, please contact Stephen McCord (McCord Environmental, Inc.) at sam@mccenv.com or sign-up online.

A Mt. Everest of Sample Collection Tubing

mount-everestFor large sample collection tubing and equipment orders, BRL requests at least three weeks’ notice in order to ensure all equipment is certified clean for low-level metals analysis. We take great pride in ensuring equipment meets your data quality objectives by taking several days (to weeks) for cleaning, testing, and quality assurance review.

This summer, BRL pulled off an extraordinary feat that will go down as legendary in our history. Over a period of less than 6 weeks, over 36,000 feet of sample collection tubing were acid-cleaned and certified clean for trace metals use. This amount is far greater than the height of Mt. Everest (a mere 29,029 feet).

BRL management wishes to thank all of the employees who contributed to this achievement, especially those who worked long hours wearing respirators over acid vats. We also want to thank our clients who pushed us to achieve what only few could hope to accomplish in a lifetime.