NATA Accreditation is Achieved by Envirolab Services for Testing Arsenic in Water and Urine

 02/06/2014

The Adelaide office of Envirolab Services is pleased to announce that NATA Accreditation has been gained by our laboratories for the testing and analysis of arsenic in water and urine samples.

Found in water, air, soil and food, arsenic is a natural element that occurs in an organic and inorganic form. Organic arsenic is less toxic and may occur naturally in many types of foods including some seafood and seaweed products. Organic arsenic may also be present in some cereal products including rice. Once this organic form of arsenic is ingested, it is quickly eliminated by the body.

Inorganic arsenic, such as arsenate and arsenite has particularly adverse health effects. In being found naturally in soil and rock, inorganic arsenic can enter creeks, rivers, bores and dams, reservoirs and other sources of water supply by wind-blown dust and industrial activities including mining and smelting. Arsenic contamination of water supply may also occur through the erosion of natural deposits and natural disasters including bush fires and flooding. 

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. Arsenic has also been used in pesticides, poisons and weed killers.

The fact sheet on arsenic speciation in water and urine prepared by Envirolab Services provides a guide and instructions on collecting samples for the analysis or arsenic.

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 us today on (02) 9910 6200. 


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