The Public Health Laboratory provides clinical, environmental microbiology and chemistry laboratory services to all Marion County Public Health Department programs and other local health agencies. The lab also analyzes specimens from private citizens.
The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory provides testing services for the Departments of Water Quality & Hazardous Materials Management, Housing and Neighborhood Health and Food and Consumer Safety, which are all located within the Bureau of Environmental Health.
This laboratory is certified by the Indiana State Department of Health for chemical analysis of drinking water (Certificate #C-49-04). The laboratory is also certified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) for the analysis of lead in soil, dust wipes, paint and for bulk asbestos analysis (Certification #100944).
Tests are performed on the following: surface waters, ground/well waters, air monitoring and solid samples.
The Environmental Microbiology Laboratory is certified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to test for bacteriological analysis of foods (Certification #100944). This laboratory is also certified by the Indiana State Department of Health to test for bacteriological analysis of drinking water (Certificate #M-49-2).
The laboratory is also certified by the AIHA (Certification #100944) for the analysis of food samples. Tests include general Enterobacter, Staphylococcus, Bacillus, Salmonella, E. coli O157: H7 and other organisms of common concern to public health.*
Water testing performed in this laboratory includes coliforms, E. coli and standard plate counts for such samples as well waters, swimming pools, surface water and city water**.
* Please contact the Food Safety Department at 317.221.2222 for questions.