Arsenic Testing

Arsenic is incredibly toxic to human health and must be closely monitored. Arsenic is more of a problem in certain geographic areas than others. Arsenic poisoning can be acute where a large amount of arsenic is consumed in a short space of time, or chronic where the build-up of small amounts of time becomes toxic.

  • Drinking water – Monitoring of arsenic is of primary interest in drinking water supplies because of its toxic nature.  Many countries across the globe set limits for the amount of arsenic permitted in drinking water, usually 10 ppb (WHO guidelines). The most common cause of long-term arsenic poisoning is contaminated drinking water.
  • Wastewater – Most toxins that are regulated in drinking water are also monitored in wastewater effluents. Arsenic is commonly used in industrial manufacturing processes to manufacture batteries and electrical components. Historically, arsenic was also used in wood treatment chemicals and pesticides although its use in these industries has declined rapidly.
  • Food and beverage – Arsenic in a non-toxic organic form is often added to swine and poultry feed to promote growth and combat disease. Due to the way rice is grown in paddy fields sitting in groundwater, rice commonly has quite a high concentration of arsenic.

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