Occupational Exposure to Heavy Metals and Pesticides

Many common mining and industrial activities result in the production of dust, vapours and process waste that can contain significant quantities of heavy metals that can have diverse effects on employees health. Employee exposure is subject to regulation by various guidelines to monitor levels and ensure that an employee’s exposure remains below acceptable health standards.
PathWest offers Heavy Metals Screening for the purposes of monitoring occupational exposure. Exposure to heavy metals in the work place can be monitored by measuring the amount of heavy metals in either blood or urine specimens collected at the work place.
For many years PathWest has been actively involved in the measurement of heavy metals in patients for medical reasons and employees for occupational exposure. Our experienced staff can measure lead, copper, zinc, iron and aluminium in biological fluids and tissues. We have recently upgraded our facilities, equipment and expertise to measure heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium and chromium.
The samples required for screening occupational exposure of heavy metals and pesticides are:
  • Lead - Whole blood.
  • Cadmium - Random urine sample.
  • Chromium - Random urine sample.
  • Mercury - Random urine sample.
  • Arsenic - Random urine sample.
  • Pesticides (organophosphates) - Whole Blood and plasma for Cholinesterase assay.
Page last updated: 14 Aug 2020