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Arsenic is a naturally occurring element found in rocks and soil which means it is often found in ground water sources. Arsenic can also come from human activities such as mining and fracking, as well as industrial waste, agriculture and some wood preservatives. Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment which means we are exposed to it from air, food and water.
Although arsenic is known to be a problem in certain geographical areas, in the UK, there are stringent regulations to ensure the lowest practical levels of arsenic in water, air and food to help minimise the risks to human health. However, as prolonged exposure to arsenic can be toxic to human health, water must be closely monitored.
uRisk chemical testing laboratories analyse a wide range of products and materials for trace arsenic, using the latest analytical instrumentation. Arsenic analysis capabilities reach trace and ultra-trace levels.
Our Arsenic Analysis tests help industrial, research, manufacturing and quality control clients determine trace levels for a wide range of reasons, including formulation, reverse engineering, contamination, and more.
uRisk Water Hygiene Services
uRisk is a water hygiene specialist that provides both water treatment services, UKAS accredited legionella testing, and water testing analysis. This mean’s we can resolve your water quality failings with water treatment engineers in-house. There are many legionella testing kits available online from non-specialists who operate as an e-commerce store that may not provide the same level of service.
uRisk’s legionella testing kits are suitable for any water system and industry. This includes hot and cold systems, cold water storage tanks, cylinders, dental water lines, swimming pools, and more.
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Step 1 - Order Testing Kit
Step 2 - Fill Sample Bottle
Step 3 - FREE Return Delivery
Step 4 - Get your Results
About this Product
What is included in the testing kit?
- 1x Sterile Bottle
- UKAS accredited analysis
- Free Sample Packaging
- Pre-Paid Return Pack
- Confidential Service
- Results & Certificate
- Laboratory testing takes at least 10-14 days
All orders are posted on Mondays only (example – if you make your order on a Thursday your delivery will be actioned on the next Monday). Delivery fee for UK mainland, this includes delivery to your address and pre-paid packaging for the return of the samples for analysis.
Weight & Dimensions
Dimensions: 25.5 x 15.5 x 14.5 cm
What is Arsenic?
Arsenic is a naturally occurring metal element, but in large quantities, it can be toxic to human health. In the natural world, arsenic is found in rocks and soil, which is why it is more often found in groundwater than in lakes and seas. Arsenic can also be a byproduct of human activities such as mining and fracking, as well as in industrial processes and agriculture. As arsenic occurs naturally in the environment, we can be exposed to it from air, food and water.
Coming into contact with arsenic through ingestion or inhalation is what causes the adverse effects. Arsenic poisoning can be acute or chronic. A large amount of arsenic consumed in a short space of time can result in acute poisoning. Whereas, chronic arsenic poisoning occurs when small amounts of arsenic build up over time. Symptoms of arsenic poisoning include organ failure, nerve damage and skin scaling. It is on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) 10 chemicals of major public health concern.
Can Arsenic Be Found In Wastewater?
Arsenic is commonly used in industrial manufacturing processes, for example, the manufacture of batteries and electrical components. Most toxins that are regulated in drinking water are also monitored in wastewater effluents. For acceptable levels of arsenic in wastewater, it is generally advised to follow guidance from the Water Framework Directive or Drinking Water Regulations.
Historically, arsenic was also used in wood treatment chemicals and pesticides although its use in these industries has declined rapidly. However, sanding or burning wood preserved with inorganic arsenic will release the arsenic which may then be inhaled. Cigarette smoke also contains arsenic.
What Are The Sources of Arsenic?
Arsenic is present in small amounts in soil and therefore is present in our food. It is also in the ocean, which transfers to seafood, especially the filtering molluscs, such as clams and oysters. Some arsenic may be present as a contaminant in meats as well. Arsenic is also found in many fuel oils and coal – when these are burned, the arsenic is released into the environment. Weed killers and some insecticides (particularly lead-arsenate sprays) are also sources of arsenic contamination.
What Are The Effects Of Arsenic?
Ingestion of arsenic can be dangerous, leading to illness. In some cases, it can be fatal. Possible effects of arsenic toxicity include hair loss, dermatitis, diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, headaches, confusion, muscle pains, red and white blood cell problems, neurologic symptoms, and liver and kidney damage. Acute arsenic exposure may cause a rapid series of symptoms. Arsine gas exposure is extremely toxic to the lungs and kidneys and is often fatal. Death from low-level, chronic arsenic exposure has the appearance of death from natural causes.
Why choose uRisk?
Over 25 years of water hygiene and legionella control experience.
Friendly and simple advice by phone, email & online at your convenience.
All staff are trained water hygiene consultants and engineers.
With engineers located all across the UK, we're never too far away.
Our labs are UKAS approved providing you with quality assurance.
Your one stop shop for Legionella control, no need to go elsewhere.