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Phenol Exposure Profile, Urine

Test ID: 


CPT code:

84600, 82570

Clinical Use:

Monitor exposure to phenol

Additional Information:

Phenol may produce severe irritation and corrosion on contact with skin. Phenol toxicity is characterized by cyanosis, shock, weakness, collapse, convulsions, hepatic and renal damage, coma, and death.2 Phenol is employed in industry as a disinfectant and as an intermediate in chemical synthesis. The TLV® for phenol is 5 ppm.

TLVs refer to the airborne concentrations of substances and represent conditions under which it is believed that nearly all workers may be repeatedly exposed, day after day, without adverse health effects.

Specimen Type:

Urine (random)

Requested Volume: 

15 mL

Minimum Volume: 

5.2 mL

Container Type: 

Plastic urine container, no preservative


Sampling time is end of shift for industrial exposure monitoring. Metabolites with timing “end of shift” (meaning the last two hours of exposure) are eliminated rapidly with a half-life less than five hours. Such metabolites do not accumulate in the body and, therefore, their timing is critical only in relation to the exposure period.

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen at room temperature

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