Needed material: 10ml Heparin blood
According to the German Federal Environmental Agency, PAHs are produced by the incomplete combustion of organic material such as wood, coal or oil, as well as in small combustion plants, by industrial processes, open fireplaces or tobacco smoke. In addition, this group of substances is a natural component raw fossil materials such as coal and petroleum. Tar oils and certain oils from petroleum processing may be mixed with softening rubber and plastics. The largest proportion of PAHs reaching the consumer comes from these uses. Whether in mouse pads, toys or bathing shoes - "Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons" (PAH) are omnipresent.
Many PAHs have carcinogenic, mutagenic and / or reproduction affecting properties (Crone and Tolstoy, 2010). Some PAHs are simultaneously persistent, bioaccumulating and toxic to humans and other organisms. Substances that combine these properties are particularly dangerous.
Testing includes up to seven polycyclic aromatics.
Testing includes: Dichloromethane, Tetrachloroethane, Tetrachloromethane, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethylene
Needed material: 5ml EDTA blood
These are widely used as paint stripping and degreasing solvents.
High prenatal exposure to PAHs is associated with lower IQ and childhood asthma (Health Day News, Jul 20, 2009).
Needed Material: 5ml EDTA Blood
Tested are: 1-Butanol, 2-Butanol, i-Butanol, Ethanol, Ethyl acetate, Isobutyl acetate, Methanol, Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK), 1-Propanol, 2-Propanol.
These common solvents are widely used as cleaners and varnish removers, in paints, perfumes and even to decaffeinate coffee beans and tea. They are used in industry and many consumer products.
Download Sample Submission Sheet for organic solvent testing in blood, fill out and send with sample. Regular mail or air mail is sufficient. Freezing is not needed, but make sure sample is adequately protected to prevent breakage.
Needed material: 30ml Urine
Tested is Methylhippuric acid, metabolite of Xylene.
Xylene is a solved widely used in glues and plastics. Exposure through inhalation or the skin causes headaches, memory and disorientation problems, and breathing problems. Overexposure produces among other problems central nervous system disorders, irritation of eye and skin.
Needed material: 5ml EDTA Blood
Benzol or benzene (C6H6), Ethyl benzene or Toluene are widely used solvents in glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents. Exposure mainly happens through breathing, and exposure limits have been set. Benzene has serious side effects and is now classified carcinogenic.