Biochemistry Section, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch
The Biochemistry Section of the Environmental Health Laboratory Branch (EHLB) provides environmental and clinical analytical services, and leadership in the development of laboratory methods. The Section is a partner in the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program, and provides technical assistance and advice to the California Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch. The laboratory also serves as a reference laboratory for public health agencies and as a referee laboratory for determining levels of analytes in reference and proficiency materials for biological testing.
The Section maintains a list (PDF) of laboratories proficient in blood lead analysis (for reimbursement by the California Child Health and Disability Program) and a list (PDF) of laboratories approved to perform cholinesterase testing for occupational health surveillance.