ACS's JobSpectrum to help state labs fill public health jobs; fight terrorism

The American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) announce a new partnership to help state public health laboratories prepare for biomonitoring to combat the growing threat of chemical terrorism. This partnership is supported with funds provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a cooperative agreement with APHL. The initiative creates a partnership between JobSpectrum.org, the comprehensive online career and employment site of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).

After September 11, public health labs around the country were presented with hundreds of thousands of environmental samples that had to be tested for chemical and biological agents. The samples ranged from air, water, and the nation's food supply, to human specimens. Human exposure to chemical warfare agents and industrial chemicals used by terrorists can be detected by biomonitoring. Public health labs are continuing to expand their biomonitoring capabilities for human exposure to toxic chemicals, including industrial, agricultural, and chemical warfare agents, that may be used by terrorists.

"The JobSpectrum.org - APHL partnership provides a new recruitment tool for public health laboratories as they increase staffing to expand their capacity and capability for biomonitoring of human exposure to chemical and infectious agents and environmental pollution. We are confident that this partnership between ACS and APHL will be a real asset for state and local public health labs in hiring qualified chemistry professionals to work on the important issues facing our nation's health," said Dr. Dayton Miller, Associate Director for Extramural Programs at CDC's Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health.

"APHL member labs are on the front line in protecting our nation's health," said John K Crum, ACS Executive Director. "Th

Contact: Beverly Hassell
American Chemical Society

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