Originally published: March 6, 2014
Updated: September 2, 2016
Until recently we were able to test material for lead and other heavy metals using our handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF) instrument. Lead Safe America Foundation is not currently accepting soil samples or personal items to test. We are currently restructuring, and as a result we are unable to process samples sent to us at this time.
We do recommend some alternative options.
- The University of Massachusetts Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab has a quick turnaround and a very reasonable fee. Reach them at http://soiltest.umass.edu.
- You can also contact your local health department to see if they have a connection to a professional in your community with an XRF to test personal items.
- If you require immediate results, we recommend you hire a certified hazard assessor in your area, or send things in to an accredited lab.
- CertifiedKit.com sells kits that allow you to collect samples and send them in for testing. Results from CertifiedKit.com are then provided via email.
We are sorry for any inconvenience that this causes you, and we are considering options for future service in this area.
Thank you for understanding.
Interim Executive Director
Lead Safe America Foundation