Hazmat Unit Responds to Mercury Spill by Senior Housing Complex
EMSL Analytical provides mercury and other heavy metal testing services to identify exposure risks and to help assess remediation efforts.
Meriden, Connecticut, May 20th, 2022
Emergency personnel were called to a 60-unit apartment complex operated by the Norwalk Housing Authority in Connecticut last month to respond to a mercury spill discovered under a parked vehicle. The street by the complex was temporarily closed as residents were tested for the toxic heavy metal and a hazmat team removed the mercury. Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water, and soil. It exists in several forms: elemental or metallic mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and.......[Read More]
Meth Lab Discovery in Texas Leaves Toxic Chemical Exposure Concerns
EMSL Analytical provides laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and personal protective equipment to safely identify chemicals, and residues left behind by the production of methamphetamine.
Houston, Texas, May 19th, 2022
Last month, the Harris County Special Investigations Division in Texas discovered an active crystal meth laboratory in a home with approximately $2 million worth of the drug on the property. A woman was arrested and a minor was taken by Child Protective Services as specially trained officers in hazmat suits entered the home to the shock of neighbors. Sadly, clandestine laboratories making methamphetamine (meth) are still being found across the country. These meth labs are dangerous places when in use, and.......[Read More]
State Health Department Warns of the Dangers of Algal Blooms
EMSL Analytical offers aquatic testing services and sampling supplies to identify microbial and chemical pollutants to help protect the public, workers and local ecosystems.
Charleston, South Carolina, May 17th, 2022
Last month, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reminded citizens to be aware of potentially harmful algal blooms in the surface waters of the state’s rivers and lakes as the weather continues to warm. According to the DHEC warning:
Algal blooms can look and smell bad and may cause the water to appear green, red, brown, or blue in color. Some algal blooms are formed by species that can produce toxins. When they contain toxins that affect the health of.......[Read More]
Testing for Asbestos and Other Potential Drinking Water Contaminants
EMSL Analytical offers water testing services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify a wide range of physical, chemical, microbial and radiological contaminants.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey, May 13th, 2022
During the last century, cement pipes made with asbestos were commonly used in drinking water distributions systems. This went on for decades and although the practice peaked in large parts of the country in the mid-1900s, many of these pipes are still in operation. Unfortunately, as these pipes age and degrade, or are tapped into, asbestos fibers may enter the water supply. In an asbestos fact sheet produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back in 1992, the agency reported.......[Read More]
Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Xylene and Other Industrial Chemicals
EMSL Analytical provides environmental and industrial hygiene testing services and sampling supplies to identify and mitigate chemical exposure hazards in the workplace.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey, May 12th, 2022
Xylene is described by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor. There are three forms of xylene in which the methyl groups vary on the benzene ring: meta-xylene, ortho-xylene, and para-xylene (m-, o- and p-xylene). These different forms are referred to as isomers. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) reports that xylene is one of the top 30 chemicals produced in the United States. Xylene is also.......[Read More]
Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Resources to Test Ticks for Borrelia burgdorferi
EMSL Analytical offers PCR-based DNA analysis and easy-to-use sample collection test kits to identify the bacterium that causes Lyme disease from infected ticks.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey, May 10th, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the agency by state health departments; however, recent estimates using other methods suggest that over 475,000 people may get Lyme disease annually in the U.S. It is the most common vector-borne disease in the country. In North America, the disease is caused primarily by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected.......[Read More]