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State Laboratories Division

State Laboratories Division (SLD) conducts laboratory testing in support of environmental and public health programs statewide. Consultation, licensing, and other related laboratory services focused on environmental health and communicable disease control are provided to various federal, state, city, county, and private organizations. SLD also conducts research, laboratory science investigations, and participates in emergency response efforts such as bioterrorism preparedness and monitoring air quality effects of volcanic activity.

Statement of Program Objective

To enhance the effectiveness of other health programs by providing specialized laboratory services to health care facilities and departmental programs and to various official agencies.

Program Memoranda Statement

Administers a statewide laboratories program which conducts scientific analysis in support of environmental health and communicable disease monitoring and control activities. Provides consultative and other related laboratory services to departmental programs concerned with environmental and sanitation safeguards. Provides diagnostic and consultative laboratory services to physicians, institutions and various federal, state, county and city agencies for the diagnosis and control of disease. Evaluates and approves or licenses laboratories, clinical laboratory personnel and medical review officers. Provides research, investigations and related laboratory services in the field of public and environmental health. Participates in the national Bioterrorism Preparedness program which provides federal funded positions, equipment and supplies to enable the State Laboratory to respond to chemical terrorism and bioterrorism events including the rapid testing of suspected bioterrorism agents.

Workforce

Your highly trained Hawaii State Laboratories workforce consists almost 100 laboratory professionals and support staff. We have 7 Ph.D. chemists and 4 Ph.D. microbiologists. There are numerous master’s prepared laboratorians, and many hold state & national certifications and licenses.

Representative Analytical Services(microbial or chemical contaminants)

  • 540,000 air samples per year
  • 5,500 recreational water samples
  • 300 food products
  • 5,000 drinking water samples
  • 40,000 human clinical specimens

Laboratory Credentials and Certifications

External Proficiency Testing for Quality Management

Organization

The SLD consists of two branches & one program
The Environmental Health Analytical Services Branch, Medical Microbiology Branch and Laboratory Emergency Response Program. Sections specializing in analytical activities are as follows:

Environmental Health Analytical Services Branch

Laboratory Emergency Response Program

Medical Microbiology Branch