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April 25, 2018

Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C)

Through the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement, IBL's Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C) lab trains a network of Idaho sentinel labs to collect and ship clinical specimens and also provides chemistry consultation to health care professionals.

As an LRN-C Level 2 confirmatory laboratory, IBL's LRN-C lab analyzes clinical specimens (blood and urine) for the presence of toxic chemical agents, utilizing GC-MS, ICP-MS, and LC-MS/MS instrumentation. These methods can be applied to matrices such as food and personal care products.


Forms, Guidance & Profiles

IBL maintains strict guidelines regarding receipt and processing of samples. Some samples may be submitted by the public while others are accepted only from state agencies, district health departments, or law enforcement agencies. 

Before submitting a sample, it is highly recommended that you consult the Bureau’s Sampling and Submission Guide. There you will find a complete list of tests that are performed at IBL as well as information on sample collection, storage, handling procedures, and rejection criteria. Samples must be received in appropriate packaging.

Samples must be accompanied by the proper submission form for the test requested. Links to sample submission forms can be found below. These forms may be printed and used for submission. If the form you need is not on the list or if you are unsure of the form you need, please call 208-334-2235.

Contact Information

Chemistry Section Manager: 
     Ernie Bader 
     (208) 334-0590
     (208) 334-4765 (fax)

Emergency Activation Through StateComm, 1-800-632-8000