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 January 2023)

Laboratory Location Telephone number
SYNLAB Laboratory Services Abergavenny 01873 856 688
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Birmingham 0121 424 2000
Trace Laboratories Birmingham 0121 442 4103
Health and Safety Laboratory Buxton 0203 028 3383
University Hospital of Wales Cardiff 02920 745814
Glasgow Royal Infirmary Glasgow 0141 211 4638
Royal Surrey County Hospital Guildford 01483 571122 ext 3624
St James's University Hospital Leeds 0113 243 3144
Alder Hey Children's Hospital Liverpool 0151 228 4811
Royal Liverpool Hospital Liverpool 0151 706 4755
Kings College Hospital London 0203 299 4127
Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham 0115 924 9924
RPS Laboratories Salford 0161 874 1553
Southampton General Hospital Southampton 023 8079 6237
Sandwell DGH West Bromwich 0121 507 3517

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Updated: 2023-04-27