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Latest service changes

The updated assay and price list for 2022-23 is now available and will come in to force from 1 April 2022.  We have tried to minimise price increases as much as possible.

Significant changes:

Isocyanates

We continue to stress the importance that only the isocyanates in use in the workplace are requested for analysis.  We are happy to advise which isocyanates to monitor if safety datasheets are provided (email them).  Requesting additional isocyanates when they are not required can lead to interpretation challenges, which is why we are recommending only the isocyanates used on the day of sampling are requested.

Urinary Solvents

Where requesting the measurement of the solvent itself in urine (rather than a metabolite), please ensure that the sample bottles are filled to the shoulder to minimise losses from evaporation. This applies to tests such as dichloromethane (DCM), butanone (MEK), MIBK, acetone, tetrahydrofuran (THF) and toluene.

Test changes

In order to continue to provide certain services, some tests have been moved from a price-per-sample basis to a bespoke basis (which incurs a minimum charge). This change applies to haemoglobin and ZPP in blood and bendiocarb, cyclohexanone, glyphosate, phenol, retinol binding protein and total protein in urine. Pyrethrum has been added to the available tests. We are no longer offering haemoglobin and ZPP as part of a standard blood lead test and existing customers have already been contacted about this change.

Online ordering

In order to minimise price rises, we are encouraging online ordering (and payment) for smaller numbers of samples.  Currently online ordering is available for the most common tests and we have now added urine dichloromethane to the list.

Important changes to the Request Form

We continue to enforce the use of anonymised codes for workers in order to comply with GDPR. Existing customers will already have been contacted with regard to the data that we currently hold and to agree a coding system going forward. Please do engage with us to agree the coding and ensure that you use the system each time samples are sent for analysis. Further information on GDPR is available on our website.

We look forward to providing a high quality analytical service to you in the coming year. As ever, if there are analyses that do not appear on the list that you are interested in, please contact Sample Registration. Take care.

UK Biomonitoring Network

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