Heavy Metals Testing
US Drug Test Centers operates drug test centers in all areas of the United States. Exposure to metals can be an occupational hazard. Heavy metals testing and toxic metals testing
Heavy metal exposure can affect individuals in different ways. Those who have underlying health conditions may be more vulnerable than others to the same exposures. Employers have the responsibility to protect the safety and health of the worker.
Heavy metals testing is used to screen for or to diagnose heavy metal poisoning in those who may have been acutely or chronically exposed to one or more heavy metals and to monitor excessive metal concentrations in those who work with various heavy metals. Such occupations include construction work, mining, radiator repair shops, and firing ranges. Our laboratory offers several different groupings that are specific for either blood or urine.
There are many heavy metals in our environment both naturally and from pollution. The term “heavy metal” applies to a group of metals with similar chemical properties. Some of these, including copper, iron
Exposure to Heavy Metals
People may be exposed to small amounts of heavy metals through food, water, air, and commercial products. People can also be exposed in their workplace, as several industries use or produce these metals. Each metal is different
A worker’s exposure to hazardous materials on the job can be unknowingly brought back to a person’s home; heavy metals such as lead dust, concrete crusted clothing and variety of oils, greases and solvents can all be unintentionally poisoning the employee and/or their family. All companies should have safety policies and these should be followed at all time.
Exposure can occur in the home, also — not always in the workplace. Particularly, it can happen in older homes with old paint, as well as industrial and manufacturing areas. Lead, mercury, copper
Heavy Metal Definitions
Lead - Occupational exposure to lead is one of the most prevalent overexposures. Industries with high potential exposures include construction work, most smelter operations, radiator repair shops, and firing ranges.
Zinc - found in cells throughout the body and is essential to a healthy life. It helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. However, excessive amounts of zinc can cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and headaches. Zinc deficiency can cause hair loss, diarrhea, eye
Mercury - Common sources of mercury exposure include mining, production, and transportation of mercury, as well as mining and refining of gold and silver ores. High mercury exposure results in
Cadmium – an extremely toxic metal commonly found in industrial workplaces, particularly where any ore is being processed or smelted. Several deaths from acute exposure have occurred among welders who have unsuspectingly welded on cadmium-containing alloys or with silver solders.
Chromium -a steely-gray, lustrous brittle metal. Chromium, although required in small amounts to help regulate sugar and lipid metabolism, it can be toxic in greater amounts and can be recognized as a human carcinogen.
Commonly Ordered Heavy Metals Testing
- Chromium (Cr), Urine
- Benzene Exposure, Blood & Urine: benzene, Phenol
- Benzene Exposure (OSHA), Urine: phenol
- Lead/Cadmium Panel (OSHA): Blood Lead/ZPP and Cadmium, Urine Beta 2-Microglobulin and Cadmium
- Lead (Pb) – urine or blood
- Lead and Zinc Protoporphyrins (ZPP) Test (Blood)
- Unknown Toxins and Poisons Scan
- Complete heavy metals panel which includes:
- 1. Lithium
- 2. Beryllium
- 3. Aluminum
- 4. Chromium
- 5. Manganese
- 6. Cobalt
- 7. Nickel
- 8. Copper
- 9. Zinc
- 10. Arsenic
- 11. Selenium
- 12. Silver
- 13. Cadmium
- 14. Tin
- 15. Antimony
- 16. Barium
- 17. Platinum
- 18. Mercury
- 19. Lead
- 20. Thorium
- 21. Uranium
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