Biomonitoring NY

The New York State Department of Health is conducting the Biomonitoring NY Project to learn more about levels of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pesticides, and heavy metals in New Yorkers. New York State is one of six states that received funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct this five-year, statewide project.

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Biomonitoring is a way of measuring the amount of environmental chemicals found in the human body, often using blood and urine. Biomonitoring is an important part of epidemiological research that seeks to determine levels of chemical exposure in the human body and help us better understand whether chemical exposures are associated with health effects in humans.

More About the Project

Biomonitoring NY will collect and publish reports and data about blood and urine levels of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pesticides, and heavy metals in adult New Yorkers. Data and reports published through this effort will protect participant confidentiality and provide baseline data about environmental exposures in adults. The primary goal of the project is to characterize the range of typical levels of approximately 40 chemicals and metals in blood and urine of New Yorkers.

Over five years, 2,000 randomly selected adults over age 20 in New York will be invited to participate in the Biomonitoring NY Project from the regions identified below. The project will begin with about 500 randomly selected people from Long Island in 2021.

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How to Participate

Participants who are randomly selected in each region will receive an information packet and will be invited to complete screening questions either by visiting the link provided in their invitation letter or calling the New York State Department of Health at 518-402-7950. If eligible, people who choose to participate will:

  • Complete a consent form and fill out a participant survey about themselves and their household.
  • Receive a laboratory test order for blood and urine testing.
  • Schedule and complete laboratory testing.
  • Be asked to provide blood and urine samples which will be tested for PFAS, pesticides and metals. Identification and the test order form will be required on the day of testing.

All personal information collected as part of the Biomonitoring NY Project will be protected and will remain confidential.

COVID-19 Precautions

COVID-19 safety precautions will ensure that study staff, participants, and members of the public are protected from COVID-19 during all aspects of the project. Research activities will occur pending an approved evaluation of COVID-19 infection rates. A monitoring plan to examine COVID-19 metrics on at least a weekly basis will be implemented and all appropriate New York State COVID-related guidance will be followed.

More Information and Questions

More information for Biomonitoring NY participants.