Cinnaminson, NJ, April 23rd, 2015
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, “Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.” These substances can be either naturally occurring or man-made.
The endocrine system regulates biological processes in the body from conception through adulthood. This includes the development of the brain and nervous system, the growth and function of the reproductive system, as well as metabolism and blood sugar levels. The female and male reproductive organs, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands are all major components of the endocrine system.
As society has become more aware of potential harm from exposure to various endocrine disruptors, this group of chemicals has received increasing attention from many scientists and public health advocates. “People can be exposed to endocrine disruptors in many ways that they may not realize,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Some have been used in pesticides, herbicides, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and even as a component in some building materials. Others may be found in contaminated foods and water and people can even be exposed by simply breathing unhealthy air in some circumstances.”
EMSL provides testing supplies and analytical services to identify many common endocrine disruptors from materials and indoor and outdoor environmental samples. A partial list of known and suspected endocrine disruptors that EMSL provides testing services for includes:
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- Dioxin and Dioxin-like Compounds
EMSL also recently sponsored an educational video about endocrine disruptors and exposure risks that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/YLuXlOPRegU.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
To learn more about this or other environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services and products to government agencies, industry professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.