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  • Environmental Chemistry:
  • Environmental Laboratory Certification

Bureau of Public Health Laboratories Environmental Chemistry supports the enforcement of environmental laws in promoting and protecting the health and safety of all residents and visitors throughout the state of Florida.

The laboratory has testing and analysis capabilities for drinking water. It has a well established record for proficiency of analysis in the areas of organic , metals and inorganic chemistry (we do not perform any air, soil or bacteriology analyses). Bacteriology analyses are separate from Environmental Chemistry.


 

Phone: 904-791-1506

Fax: 904-791-1520

 

Inorganic Chemistry, Analytes tested and Methods:

The Non-Metals section tests for anions and other water contaminates in surface, ground and drinking waters using a variety of techniques; Ion Chromatography (IC), colorimetry, Flow Injection Analysis (FIA). 

 

Non-Metals and Other Inorganics

METHODS

ANALYTES TESTED

SM 2320B

Alkalinity

SM 4500-CL-E

Chloride

SM 4500-CN-E

Cyanide

EPA 300.0

Fluoride

SM 5540C

Foaming Agents

EPA 353.2

Nitrite

EPA 353.2

Nitrate, Total Nitrogen

SM4500 P-F

Phosphate

EPA 300.0

Sulfate

SM 2130B

Turbidity

SM 2540C

Total Dissolved Solids

 

The EPA 200.7, 200.8, and 200.9 series provides for the determination of dissolved metals in surface, ground and drinking waters as well as wastewater and soils. Each method uses advanced instrumentation; the Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP AES), Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS) and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption (GFAA) respectively. The remaining methods use flame atomic absorption with the exception of mercury, which is determined by a cold vapor technique.

 

Metals

METHODS

ANALYTES TESTED

EPA 200.7

ICP

Zinc, Barium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Boron, Sodium, Potassium

EPA 200.8

ICPMS

Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead, Manganese,  Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel,  Selenium, Thallium, Tin, Zinc

EPA 200.9

GFAA

Silver, Lead

EPA 245.1

Mercury

EPA 200.7

Potassium

EPA 200.7

Sodium

EPA 200.7

Calcium Hardness

          

Organic Chemistry, Analytes and Methods:
These methods are for the identification and simultaneous measurement of organic compounds in surface, ground, and drinking water samples.

 

Methods 

Matrix

Analyte Groups

Instrument 

EPA 504.1

Water

EDB/ DBCP

 

Gas Chromatograph
 

EPA 505

Water

Pesticides & Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Gas Chromatograph

EPA 515.3

Water

Herbicides

Gas Chromatograph
 

EPA 524.2

Water

Volatile Organics

Gas Chromatograph/ Mass Spectrometer

EPA 525.2

Water

Semi-Volatile Organics

Gas Chromatograph/ Mass Spectrometer

EPA 531.1

Water

Carbamates

High Performance Liquid Chromatograph

EPA 547

Water

Glyphosate

High Performance Liquid Chromatograph

EPA 548.1

Water

Endothall

Gas Chromatograph/ Mass Spectrometer
 

EPA 549.2

Water

Diquat

High Performance Liquid Chromatograph

EPA 508A

Water

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Gas Chromatograph

   

Report Environmental Violations

The Environmental Laboratory Certification Program was established in 1979 to ensure laboratory quality and capacity to perform testing of drinking water regulated under the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act.  The legislature expanded the scope of the program in 1986 to cover domestic wastewater testing conducted under the Clean Water Act as well as certification for other types of environmental testing.

More about Environmental Laboratory Certification

Laboratory Assessment Checklists

Contact information for Contract Lab Assessment Providers

National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program

Environmental Lab Certification F.A.Q.