Laboratory Analytical Division - Inorganic (LAD-I)

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Inorganic Metals Section  

This section provides analysis of occupational and environmental health samples for toxic metals found in sample matrices  such as  water, wastewater, sediment, soil, air, hazardous waste, biological specimens, wipes, a paint chips and other matrices.  These analyses include samples submitted for the Environmental Lead Program throughout DOD locations worldwide.  Analyses are performed using state-of-the-art instrumentation including Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS); Inductivity Coupled Plasma Optical Emissions Spectrometer (ICP OES); and Flow Injection Mercury System (FIMS).  We also provide expert technical consultative services, participating in project planning, and data interpretation.       

Inorganic Radiochemistry Section

This Section provides radioisotopic analysis on a full range of occupational and environmental health samples in a variety of media.  Tests include uranium-238, isotopic uranium U235/U238 ratio for DU, gross alpha and gross beta, tritium, carbon-14, gamma emitters (Iodine-131, cobalt-60, cesium-137, etc.), nickel-63, radium-226, radium-228, strontium-90, radon, and others.  Sample media include water, air, soil, wastewater, vegetation, urine bioassay to detect exposure to  radioactive materials, military-unique radioactive commodities, sediment, filters, and surface wipe tests.  We also perform testing to meet regulatory licensing, to allow release of materials and facilities to unrestricted use, and to establish source leakage requirements.  Instrumentation includes gas flow proportional and liquid scintillation counters, multichannel analyzers with gamma ray detectors and alpha particle detectors, and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS.)  

Depleted Uranium/Bioassay Program

Laboratory Sciences (LS) also provide analytical services and surveillance of Depleted uranium (DU) in support of deployed forces worldwide. Samples collected and tested include a wide variety of matrices to include water, soil, and surface wipes.  As part of the DU bioassay program, LS tests 24-hour urine specimens under the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA) clinical accreditation. Urine specimens are collected from deployed soldiers under the MEDCOM policy for Medical management for Army Personnel exposed to depleted uranium ( External Link ). LS also provides urine analysis for clients who have normal routine occupational exposure to depleted uranium.  For more information on this program please call 410-436-2208 and ask for a Client Services Division representative.

Metal Fragment Program

In support of (Assistant Secretary of Defense) Health Affairs Policy HA 07-029 External Link (Policy on Analysis of Metal Fragments Removed from Department of Defense Personnel), and OTSG/MEDCOM Policy Memo 08-013 (Analysis of Metal Fragments Removed from Army Personnel), this program provides analytical services to identify metals/elements present in fragments removed from injured service members.  For metal fragment services, please follow guidance provided in Technical Guide 214 For additional information about this program, please contact the AIPH-Lab Sciences at 410-436-2208 and ask for a Client Services Division representative.

Specialty Chemistry Section

This Section provides comprehensive chemical analysis on a wide variety of environmental and industrial hygiene samples such as drinking and waste water, air-monitoring, soil, bulk (unknowns), solid waste, fuels, sediment, etc. for non-metal, inorganic and organic parameters from military installations and deployment worldwide for the purpose of determining chemical composition including the presence and identification of toxic constituents.  Analysis is performed in conjunction with established environmental compliance guidelines such as EPA, DOD, DA, A2LA, NELAC AIHA and ISO/IEC 17025.  This section utilizes state of the art and diverse instrumental systems and chemical techniques, such as liquid/ion chromatography (LC/IC), LC/IC mass spectrometry (LC/IC-MS), LC Triple Quad mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS), gas chromatography (GC) with various detectors, GC mass spectrometry (GC-MS), FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) Spectrometer, Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOC), Flow Injection Cyanide Analyzer and a Discrete Analyzer for wet chemistry techniques.