Laboratory Services

One of the most important tools in a collaborative preparedness effort to protect our population from infectious diseases is a strong public health laboratory system. The Long Beach Public Health Laboratory, a CLIA and AIHA certified laboratory, specializes in infectious disease and environmental testing. The diversity of the Department's public health programs' activities enabled the laboratory to develop and implement testing services that meet the immediate and long-term needs of the Department and the community it serves. The scope of services have recently increased to accommodate the growing needs of the Department's programs, public and private agencies, health care providers, and other reference laboratories.

Long Beach Public Health Laboratory's unique capabilities in providing blood and environmental lead testing distinguish us as the preferred laboratory for this special testing. We provide training to local CHDP providers on the proper collection of capillary samples for blood lead. We are certified to process and test dust wipes, paint, soil, water, and air samples, to name a few, for environmental lead detection. For information on pricing, specimen collection and turn-around times, please contact the laboratory at (562) 570-4077.

More information on lead hazards in the home can be obtained from HUD's document Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing at www.hud.gov/lead or by mail from HUD USER at 1-800-245-2691. Other lead information is available from the National Lead Clearinghouse at www.epa.gov/lead or 1-800-424-LEAD. The Clearinghouse provides information in English and Spanish. Another source of information is the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-LEAD-FYI to learn how to protect your children from lead poisoning.

Our full service laboratory offers an extensive menu of established testing options, while our scientific expertise permits us to validate and bring in new assays. We have a rigorous Quality Control / Quality Assurance program that assures all results produced are of the highest quality.