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Biomonitoring is the measurement of chemicals in a person’s body fluids or tissues, such as blood or urine.  These measurements provide valuable information on levels of exposure to environmental chemicals from sources such as air, water, and food.  This information can be essential when addressing community concerns related environmental chemical exposure and the potential for adverse health effects for exposed individuals.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better understand human exposure to environmental chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

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For more information please contact:

Environmental Toxicology Program
Bureau of Environmental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-624-5757 | Fax: 617-624-5777 | TTY: 617-624-5286

Protection of human participants in the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study has been reviewed and approved by the MDPH Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to M.G.L. c.111, § 24A. For additional information about IRB protections, contact Candace Nelson, Sc.D., at the MDPH IRB by calling 617-624-5621 and reference IRB# 802071. For additional information about the Biomonitoring Massachusetts Study (MDPH IRB# 802071), contact Marc A. Nascarella, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, at 617-624-5757 or Resources to measure chemical exposure in biological samples at the State Public Health Laboratory have been made available through a State-Based Biomonitoring Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Number 5 U88 EH 001144).

This information is provided by the Environmental Toxicology Program within the Department of Public Health.