other sources, field surveys, and intramural laboratory tests. Develops concepts and
experimental methodology and designs equipment necessary for developing toxicologic
information. Reviews, prepares, or makes comments and recommendations, such as
military specifications, technical manuals, and bulletins having toxicologic implications.
Maintains the Agency's animal colony and provides ancillary support and consultation
services in veterinary medicine and pathology, research psychology, toxicology, and
pharmacology. Develops and maintains a limited information repository on toxicology.
b. Environmental Chemistry Division. Provides those analytical chemistry
services necessary to support the industrial hygiene, air and water pollution abatement,
water quality, and solid waste management missions of the Agency. Supports other
activities of the Agency and the regional divisions by accomplishing such chemical
analyses as may be required. Provides consultative services relative to analytical
methods and chemical composition of materials with special reference to their toxic
components and their significance as health hazards. Accomplishes the necessary
applied research and literature review on various problems either where the chemistry is
complex, or where new or unusual chemicals are involved. Develops new methods or
techniques as may be necessary for chemical analysis. Reviews and makes comments
and recommendations on publications such as military specifications, technical
manuals, and technical bulletins pertaining to the science of chemistry.
c. Radiological and Biological Chemistry Division. Provides radiological and
biological laboratory services in support of the Army's preventive medicine programs,
including the analysis of biological materials and heavy metals. Analyzes environmental
samples for compliance with current air and water quality standards. Conducts
laboratory evaluations and radioactive commodities for radiological health hazards.
Performs field and laboratory studies and literature reviews of chemicals, formulations,
and items of supply used or proposed for use by military personnel and civilian
employees. Conducts laboratory tests to obtain information on the concentration
stability, metabolism, and in vivo and in vitro effects of chemicals or metabolites on
enzyme activities and other tissue components of experimental animals. Develops and
maintains a table of normal laboratory values on test animals used by the Agency.
Assists in the development of radiation protection standards for self-luminous devices.
d. Analytical Reference and Quality Assurance Division (Unstructured).
Participates in the water quality program by providing an analytical reference service of
the regional divisions and the Water Quality Engineering Division of the Agency.
Develops and implements a quality control and assurance program for the Agency,
assuring that the techniques used and the results generated are consonant with Federal
and state laws and regulations as well as professional practices. Provides standards
and performs chemical analyses in support of its analytical reference and quality control
programs. Provides a "IC" level calibration service and limited equipment repair facility.
Operates an equipment pool and maintains records of transportable equipment
common to several divisions within the Agency. Maintains an annotated file of methods
and equipment having current or future applications in those fields of laboratory science
practiced in the Agency, with particular attention being directed toward Federal and