Lab Analysis Priorities for Radiation Events

ASDWA often collaborates with our partners at the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) to make sure that state primacy agencies are aware of some of the challenges that labs face – particularly in times of crisis or emergency.  Our APHL partners have asked that we share the following information with you – and encourage you to share it with your water utility decision makers.

Very few (if any) U.S. laboratories possess the capacity to analyze the large number of samples that would arise during a radiation emergency on U.S. soil. Given such limited capacity, decision makers and laboratory directors face difficult decisions about the order in which samples are analyzed. A new document developed by the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (with significant leadership from APHL) provides an overview of some considerations that decision makers might include in the prioritization process. It is available here:  http://www.radiationready.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Prioritization-of-Lab-Samples-Following-a-Rad-Event-6.27.12.pdf

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Megan Latshaw at APHL megan.latshaw@aphl.org

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