The laboratory was founded in the 70’s by Professor Emeritus Hendrik Veulemans and is currently under supervision of Prof. Lode Godderis and Prof. Jeroen Vanoirbeek. During the past decades, the laboratory has evolved into a specialised analytical lab with an extensive, chromatography based instrument park, including GC-FID, GC-MS, HPLC (UV and fluorescence detection) and LC-MS/MS (tandem mass spectrometer).
The Laboratory for Occupational and Environmental Hygiene has acquired more than 30 years of relevant expertise in specialised analysis tasks regarding (air) measurements in occupational settings, biomonitoring and the development and validation of new analytical methods. These methods aim at quantification of various chemical agents (and metabolites) in different matrices such as air samples, biological samples (urine, blood, saliva) and surface wipes, in order to assess occupational respiratory and dermal exposure. Customers of the laboratory include different external services for prevention and protection at work, medical services of industries, the pharmaceutical industry,… Furthermore, the laboratory is involved in scientific research related to occupational and environmental measurements, biomonitoring and health effects related to exposure. There are close collaborations with research groups of other universities and institutions, as the laboratory’s expertise can be used for scientific research purposes.
Over the past years, the Laboratory for Occupational and Environmental Hygiene has been granted formal accreditation of the Belgian Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue (FPS ELSD) for a broad scale of different analytical methods, according to Article 2 of the Belgian Royal Degree of 31st March 1992 on conditions for accreditation and according to the criteria for the equipment and operation of laboratories and services under Article 148decies 1, §6, second paragraph, of the General Regulations for Labour. As an accredited laboratory, the Laboratory for Occupational and Environmental Hygiene maintains a quality system, as described in the European standard EN ISO/IEC 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”.
Accredited analytical methods include quantitative determination of: