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About Samples & Analysis

information about how the Pollution in People study was done

in the Pollution in People Study

blood draw-Deb Abrahamson

 

Blood, urine, and hair samples were collected from ten Washington residents during September and October of 2005. 

 

Four professional laboratories then conducted chemical analysis on the samples to determine levels of a panel of chemicals.

Sample TypeChemical Analysis PerformedLaboratory

Blood

PFCs
PBDEs
organochlorine pesticides
PCBs
lead
AXYS Analytical Services, Victoria, BC; and
Pacific Toxicology Labs, Los Angeles, CA

Urine

arsenic
organophosphate and carbamate pesticides
phthalates

Pacific Toxicology Labs, Los Angeles, CA; and
National Medical Services, Willow Grove, PA; and
AXYS Analytical Services, Victoria, BC

Hair

mercury
Brooks Rand, Seattle, WA

  

blood draw-Pam Tazioli

Details about sample collection and chemical analysis can be found in the Materials & Methods section of the report.


Information for individuals who want to be tested for chemicals in their bodies.


Some chemical levels were measured directly. For other chemicals, such as phthalates and pesticides, the analysis was for metabolites (breakdown products) of the parent chemical.  A summary table listing the metabolites analyzed can be found in Appendix 2 of the report. 

 

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