APHL supports governmental laboratories working to protect people from chemical, microbiological, and radiological exposures through the detection of contaminants — both in people and in the environment. Through technical assistance, training and guidance, APHL strengthens the analytical capability and testing capacity nationally.
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Strengthening Environmental Health Laboratories
APHL works to strengthen and support environmental health laboratories by:
Serving as a liaison between environmental laboratories, CDC and other partners.
Providing a unified voice at the national level, through comments on regulations, letters and educational materials.
Convening committees, taskforces and workgroups on topics such as biomonitoring, opioid biosurveillance and wastewater surveillance.
Bringing an environmental health presence to the APHL Annual Conference by developing sessions and posters on topics such as cannabis testing, environmental metagenomics and the need for robust chemical testing.
Identifying and developing training resources, including webinars and leadership development opportunities.
Coordinating responses to emergencies; for example, convened APHL member labs and CDC to discuss laboratory efforts during the EVALI outbreak.
Environmental Health Laboratory Resources
Environmental Health Laboratory Communications Toolkit
APHL has created a set of resources for laboratory directors and communications officers to better advocate and promote the role of environmental health testing laboratories:
Webinars and Other Training Materials
Visit APHL's training search site to find upcoming environmental health-related trainings and events, archived webinars, toolkits and other resources.