Environmental Testing

The Illinois Department of Public Health Laboratory Services Manual provides a description of all environmental tests available at the laboratory and other useful information.

The Springfield laboratory is certified by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for dairy laboratory grade testing.

The Carbondale and Chicago laboratories in the division are certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health’s certification/evaluation officers to perform water and dairy testing.

The Springfield laboratory is accredited by Illinois Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (IL ELAP) to test drinking water for nitrate, nitrite, fluoride, and pH determination.

The Chicago laboratory is accredited by American Industrial Hygiene Association Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELLAP) to test paint, soil, dust wipes, and air to determine the level of lead in these samples.
 
Dairy samples are accepted from milk sanitarians employed by the Illinois Department of Public Health’s regional offices. Testing requirements and frequency of testing are determined by the FDA and monitored by the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Division of Food and Dairy, as part of the Grade A Milk Program
 
Food samples are accepted only from regional, county, or city sanitarian personnel. The sanitarian contacts the epidemiologist of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Infectious Disease Division and/or the Food and Dairy Division to receive assistance in determining the necessity of testing food samples. After it is determined by the Division of Infectious Disease and/or the Division of Food and Dairy that testing is necessary, the Illinois Department of Public Health laboratory should be contacted with the method of shipment and the expected time of arrival

Forms

  • Dairy Sample Submission Form.  Forms may be obtained by calling the Springfield laboratory at 217-782-6562.
  • Illinois Department of Public Health’s approved water submission form.  Forms may be obtained by contacting the Springfield laboratory at 217-782-6562.