Envirolab Services Gains NATA Accreditation for Arsenic Testing of Waters and Urine

 02/06/2014

The NATA accredited laboratories of Envirolab Group now provide arsenic speciation analysis of waters and urine.

Arsenic is a natural element that occurs in organic and inorganic forms. Considered as less toxic, organic arsenic may occur naturally in many types of foods including some seafood and seaweed products. Once consumed, this organic form of arsenic is quickly eliminated by the body.

The inorganic forms of arsenic, such as arsenate and arsenite have particularly adverse health effects. Found naturally in soil and rock, inorganic arsenic can enter 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 and flooding.

Due to its level of toxicity, inorganic arsenic has been used as a wood preservative and for controlling in timber the presence of insects including termites, bacteria and fungi. Arsenic has also been used in the manufacturing of insecticides, poisons and weed killers.

Our fact sheet on arsenic speciation in water and urine provides a guide on collecting water and urine samples for the analysis and testing of 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 (02) 9910 6200. 


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