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​APHL supports governmental laboratories working to protect people from chemical 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.

​Focus Areas

Areas of focus include:

  • Human biomonitoring
  • Chemical emergency response
  • Radiological testing
  • Safe drinking water
  • Cannabis and opioid testing

Integrating PHLs and the ​Environmental Health System

APHL works with federal partners at CDC, ATSDR, EPA​ and public health member associations in the environmental health system to fully integrate the public health laboratories into the environmental health system. This work includes:

  • State and/or regional environmental health systems meetings
  • Strategies for community engagement
  • Risk communication and emergency response
  • Data exchange

For example, state public health and environmental labs are working with CDC, ATSDR and EPA to help address community concerns related to PFAS contaminated drinking water.