Virginia Biomonitoring Program
Biomonitoring is the study of human exposure to natural and non-natural (synthetic) chemicals through the analysis of bodily fluids and/or tissues. The Virginia Biomonitoring Program was established in 2014 through funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of the program is to safeguard public health within the Commonwealth by proactively monitoring the exposure of citizens to select chemical compounds. By evaluating the body burden of natural and non-natural (synthetic) chemicals in the general and targeted populations, potential chemical hazards can be identified. DCLS, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, will collect samples from volunteers throughout Virginia that will be analyzed to determine background levels of selected chemicals and to pinpoint areas of concern. Results may be used to investigate sources of exposure to hazardous chemicals and to develop strategies to reduce the risk associated with these exposures.