Given the importance of public health laboratories in monitoring, measuring and detecting both chemicals and radiological agents, APHL works to strengthen their ability to respond to environmental emergencies.
For example, during the Gold King mine spill, the Fukushima nuclear incident and the Gulf Coast oil spill, APHL convened calls with federal and state agencies to coordinate efforts and provide a voice for laboratories. During the outbreak of
acetyl fentanyl overdoses, the
Elk River spill in WV, and increasing
algal bloom incidents, APHL convened webinars to educate the field about the topic and related laboratory methods.
APHL works closely with CDC’s Laboratory Response Network, including the chemical arm (LRN-C) and the radiological arm (LRN-R), as well as EPA’s Environmental Response Laboratory Network, which includes the Water Laboratory Alliance.
Emergency Response Resources
EPA’s Environmental Response Laboratory Network
EPA’s Water Laboratory Alliance
CDC’s Environmental Health Laboratory Emergency Response Branch
Prioritization of Laboratory Samples Following a Radiological Event: Considerations
Want APHL’s help in an emergency? Email EH@aphl.org or call