Arsenic is a metalloid whose compounds (species) exhibit
significantly different levels of toxicity, e.g. inorganic arsenic
is classified as a class 1 carcinogen by the International Agency
for Research on Cancer whereas organoarsenicals in foodstuffs are
thought to be less toxic.
Humans can be exposed to arsenic through their diet, the
environment and from occupational sources.
Occupational exposure to inorganic arsenic may occur in
several industries: refining or smelting of metal ores,
microelectronics, pesticide manufacture or application,
semiconductor manufacturing, glass production, wood preservation,
joinery, battery manufacturing, and working in power plants that
burn arsenic-rich coal. It is also possible that workers in
waste management and landfill sites may be exposed to
The major route of excretion for arsenic in the body is by
urine and following an exposure most arsenic is excreted within 48
hours. Samples should be taken post-shift towards the
end of the working week. Sampling should reflect normal
working practice. HSE Science and Research Centre
offers biological monitoring for five arsenic species in a urine
sample. These five species allow both dietary and
occupational exposure to be assessed.
HSE scientists will help interpret results from samples that
we have analysed where required. HSL have also established
background levels of each of the five arsenic species in unexposed
We provide bottles, packaging and return postage (UK only) as
part of the analysis cost.
Turnaround time is 20 working days.
Product Code: PE11570
Price: £92.00 (VAT free)