Utah Public Health Laboratory


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4431 South 2700 West
Taylorsville, UT 84129-8600
(801) 965-2400
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Robyn Atkinson-Dunn, PhD Laboratory Director
Andy Rohrwasser, PhD, MBA Deputy Director
Brent H. Curtis Assistant Director
Robert Paul Financial Manager
Nancy Arbon Client Relations Manager
Kelly Wright Administrative Secretary

Environmental Chemistry
The Chemical and Environmental Services Laboratory focuses on three program areas: environmental testing, chemical threat response (CT), and bio-monitoring. It tests for contaminants in drinking water, lakes and rivers, clinical samples, and other materials in coordination with its partners. The CT response team assists with analytical services and response to chemical emergencies.

Forensic Toxicology
The Forensic Toxicology Laboratory determines the presence of alcohol, drugs, and other substances by analyzing body fluids and tissues. Medical examiners use toxicology results to determine the cause and manner of death. Law enforcement agencies use toxicology results to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs in cases involving driving under the influence (DUI), automobile homicides and other crimes. Toxicology staff conduct analyses, issue reports on their findings, and provide court testimony to interpret the test results.

Infectious Diseases
The Infectious Diseases Laboratory assists state and local health departments investigate outbreaks and tests for infectious diseases. The Utah Public Health Laboratory is a member of the Laboratory Response Network and laboratory employees have training and equipment for identifying agents used as biological weapons. The Infectious Disease Laboratory serves as a resource and reference to private laboratories in the state.

Newborn Screening
Newborn Screening is a special blood test done on each Utah baby. It is specifically designed to reduce the occurrence of diseases or conditions that alter health and quality of life (morbidity) and increase the risk of death (mortality) due to certain metabolic, endocrine, and hematological disorders by identifying the disorder prior to the onset of symptoms.
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Clinical Laboratory Certification
This program operates under the authority of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services enforcing clinical laboratory regulations. The Utah Department of Health contracts with the federal government inspecting clinical laboratories within the state. Facilities performing any testing of human samples for the purpose of assessing a condition or diagnosing an illness are considered a laboratory and are subject to these regulations.

Environmental Certification
This program establishes and enforces standards for laboratories providing compliance testing results to the State of Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Laboratories requesting certification must complete an application, participate in proficiency testing programs, and meet state laboratory standards. The certification process requires state certification officers conduct an on-site survey of the laboratory assessing the laboratory’s compliance with state standards. Please contact Environmental Laboratory Certification regarding the application or general certification questions.