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LA Testing Tests For Mercury and Mercury Compounds

Category Press Release
Publish Date 5/1/2012
Author Paul Cochrane
Title California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns over Mercury and Mercury Compounds
Introduction LA Testing provides analytical services to protect the public and help businesses comply with California’s Proposition 65.

Garden Grove, CA, May 1, 2012

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65. 

Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment.  This list includes mercury and mercury compounds, which were added to the Prop 65 list in 1990. 

Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water and soil. It exists in several forms: elemental or metallic mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds.  Mercury is an element in the earth's crust and humans cannot create or destroy mercury. Pure mercury is a liquid metal, sometimes referred to as quicksilver that volatizes readily. It has traditionally been used to make products like thermometers, switches and some light bulbs.

Mercury can also get into the environment from a number of industrial, power generating, incinerating and mining processes.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Mercury in the air eventually settles into water or onto land where it can be washed into water. Once deposited, certain microorganisms can change it into methylmercury, a highly toxic form that builds up in fish, shellfish and animals that eat fish.”

LA Testing offers analytical services to identify mercury and mercury compounds in environmental, food and consumer products.  “Exposure to mercury at high levels can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system of people of all ages,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc., a network of environmental testing laboratories.  “Testing suspect materials and environmental samples can quickly identify if mercury is present and a potential risk to humans and the environment,” he continued.  

To learn more about testing for mercury and mercury compounds or other Proposition 65 testing services, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794. 

About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.
LA Testing and EMSL Analytical are providers of environmental testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The companies have an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.

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