Biologic & Environmental Specimens

Specialized Collection Methods

For more than 30 years Westat has been active in health and environmental studies that require specialized protocols for collecting, preparing, and shipping specimens and recording physical measurements. We implement detailed training programs and rigorous quality control measures to ensure standardization and adherence to protocol. We locate, evaluate, and support the specialized laboratories conducting assays of samples. We handle regulatory issues and coordinate with the labs on the development of quality control, data management, and analysis plans.

Westat collects

  • Physical examination data (blood pressure, anthropometric measurements, x-rays, hearing, and many other medical tests)
  • Biologic specimens (blood, saliva, urine, and tissue samples)
  • Environmental samples and measurements (dust, soil, water, air, paint, building materials, and electromagnetic field and radon measurements)