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Health surveillance

Quality control of blood lead analyses

The table below lists laboratories that have made their performance in the UK National External Quality Assessment Scheme (UK NEQAS) known to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). These laboratories are available to perform blood lead analyses.

HSE Medical Inspectors and appointed doctors are expected to use one of the laboratories on the list for measurement of blood lead under the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002.

Inclusion of a laboratory in the list does not imply HSE approval or accreditation

Queries about the performance of individual laboratories or enquiries from laboratories wishing to be included in the table below should be addressed to Kate Jones, Principal Scientist, Health and Safety Executive, Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9JN.

List of laboratories that have agreed to make their quality control performance known to HSE and are available to conduct blood lead measurements (updated December 2018)

Laboratory Location Telephone number
SYNLAB Laboratory Services Abergavenny 01873 856 688
Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast 02890 633002
Trace Laboratories Birmingham 0121 442 4103
Glan Clwyd Hospital Bodelwyddan 01745 553 4202
Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton 0127 369 6955 ext 4151
Southmead Hospital Bristol 0117 323 5554
Health and Safety Laboratory Buxton 0203 028 3383
University Hospital of Wales Cardiff 02920 745814
Health in Business Ltd Ellesmere Port 0151 348 5678
Glasgow Royal Infirmary Glasgow 0141 211 4638
Royal Surrey County Hospital Guildford 01483 464121
Hull Royal Infirmary Hull 0148 260 7821
St James's University Hospital Leeds 0113 392 7886
Charing Cross Hospital London 0208 383 5922
Kings College Hospital London 0203 299 3856
Prince Charles Hospital Merthyr Tydfil 0168 572 1721 ext 8262
Freeman Hospital Newcastle upon Tyne 0191 223 1207
Medical Toxicology Research Centre Newcastle upon Tyne 0191 222 7015
Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham 0115 924 9924
RPS Laboratories Salford 0161 874 1553
Northern General Hospital Sheffield 0114 271 4243/4928
Sandwell DGH West Bromwich 0121 507 3520
Updated: 2018-12-24