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College of Human Medicine


Tracking Heavy Metals

Surveillance Of Work-Related Heavy Metal Exposure In Michigan

In September 2005, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) promulgated rules requiring laboratories to report clinical laboratory results of all arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg) tests in blood and urine. Reporting of these tests has been mandated by state regulations so that MDHHS could improve the tracking and mitigation of human health impacts of environmental and occupational exposures to these heavy metals.

Since 2012, statistics have been compiled only on reports with test values that are at or above the action threshold.

Action thresholds are identified for followup by test and specimen type: