Lead exposure has been the subject of research for years and as such there is no shortage of information regarding the subject. Recent findings, however, seem to indicate that it is of primary importance to note that there seems to be a correlation between exposures during early school-age exposures and lowered IQ levels.
Additionally, a study which will soon be published in Environmental Health Perspectives; also found that “later childhood exposures correlate more strongly than earlier ones with an exaggerated risk of incurring future criminal arrests for violent behavior.”
It is extremely critical to be aware of surrounding environmental conditions and building materials that have been utilized to construct homes, schools and any other areas frequented by school-age children. The study indicates that this particular age group is more susceptible to the problems associated with lead exposure.
The findings further point out that specific levels of lead found in the blood stream could have profound effects. The report indicated that “for every 5 µg/dl increase in a child’s average blood-lead level, we saw approximately a 25 percent increase in the number of violent activities associated with criminal arrests”.
While LA Testing does not accept clinical samples, it does analyze environmental samples for lead. Environmental samples can help indicate potential exposure levels. LA Testing’s parent company, EMSL Analytical, also recently received notification that it is now recognized as an accredited laboratory by the Consumer Product Safety Commission – meaning that children’s products can also be accepted for analysis in New Jersey.
LA Testing’s network of laboratories has the capability of taking on a broad spectrum of samples for lead analysis with the requisite industry experience to produce accurate and timely results. Whether client needs are for industrial hygiene, environmental or consumer product (NJ location only) related, LA Testing has the analytical expertise and is a recognized leader in lead testing.