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 or toxic metals testing is available.
Heavy metal exposure can effect 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 and zinc, play important roles in our bodies. Others have no known benefit for health. Examples of these are lead, which is found in paint in old homes as well as many other sources; arsenic, which can be found in well water and wood products; and mercury, which can build up in fish that we eat. At very high levels, most heavy metals can cause health problems. Luckily, this is very uncommon.
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 in where it is found and how it behaves in our bodies. Exposure alone does not mean that it is causing any disease or harm.
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 from the workplace. Particularly in older homes with old pain and in areas with a lot of industry and manufacturing there can be exposure to lead, mercury, copper or zinc. If this is the case, you might want to consider ordering a comprehensive heavy metals panel lab test.
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 and skin sores and loss of appetite.
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 permanent nervous system and kidney damage.
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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