SHL in the news
'If you have it in your kitchen, throw it away': Iowa officials warn against using Ozark Country Sorghum
Q&A with Iowa lab’s safety officer, Drew Fayram: How the CDC/APHL biosafety and biosecurity program created a culture of safety
Possible sample courier delay
August 11, 2020 --- Due to the storm yesterday and statewide power outages the courier may be delayed in picking up samples the next few days.
Please visit our COVID-19 Page for the latest news
March 21, 2020 --- Please visit our COVID-19 Page for the latest news
Routine Testing Delays Possible
March 13, 2020 --- SHL is working diligently to meet your testing needs. During our response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, clients may experience delays in turnaround times for other routine testing. We will continue to do our best to meet the needs of Iowa during this pandemic and we appreciate your support.
SHL ready to test for 2019-ncov (2019 Novel Coronavirus)
February 27, 2020 --- Effective, Thursday, February 27, 2020, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa (SHL) is able to perform testing for 2019-nCoV using materials provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if requested by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Pentella receives ABSA Award
February 19, 2020 --- ABSA International - The Association for Biosafety and Biosecurity recently presented State Hygienic Laboratory Director Mike Pentella with its Arnold G. Wedum Memorial Lecture Award. The award recognized him for making "several contributions that have improved the practice of clinical microbiology and safety."
Lab Link relaunches with new look and schedule
January 30, 2020 --- After a year’s reprieve, the State Hygienic Lab (SHL) is bringing back Lab Link as a quarterly newsletter, starting with this spring issue.
State proclamations support health and safety
January 30, 2020 --- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed several proclamations in recent months supporting activities that help keep Iowans healthy, and which are directly connected to the work of the State Hygienic Lab.
Lab gets ‘glowing’ reviews for radiological training
January 30, 2020 --- In September, the State Hygienic Lab, in collaboration with Iowa State University, held a training exercise for members of the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Homeland Security, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on how to respond to a radiological incident.
Registration for Wet Workshops in March
January 28, 2020 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa will be hosting two identical full-day workshops at the Iowa Laboratories Facility Conference Center in Ankeny.
It’s U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week!
November 18, 2019 --- Improving antibiotic prescribing and use protects patients, effectively treats infections, and combats Antibiotic Resistance. Everyone has a role to play.
State Hygienic Lab welcomes new ambassador
October 11, 2019 --- Connie Henderson, laboratory manager at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, will serve as the ambassador to the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) in 2019 and 2020.
Environmental Sample Collection, Handling, and Preservation Requirements
September 24, 2019 --- This is a reminder regarding requirements for environmental samples that are received at all State Hygienic Laboratory locations. Inorganic and organic chemical contaminant methods that require thermal preservation must meet these criteria.