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Test Reference Manual
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Specimen Delivery & Submission Information
Contact the laboratory at (414) 286-3526 (phone) or (414) 286-5098 (fax) for assistance with any questions regarding appropriate specimen collection and transport.
Normal laboratory hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:45p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call the lab in advance to arrange after-hours deliveries. For emergencies after hours please call the City Hall Operator at (414) 286-2150.
Please note that incomplete test requests, lack of necessary demographics on the test requisition or inappropriate sample packaging and transport may delay test turn around time. Extremes in temperature (cold and hot) during transport of specimens should be avoided and may lead to inaccurate or misleading results. The laboratory has Styrofoam containers available for transport upon request.
If an outbreak is suspected, the laboratory can assist with appropriate test selection, collection and transport information. In addition to clinical specimens, Environmental, Food, Dairy, Water, and Air testing may be available for public health needs.
Soil Screening Information
The MHD Laboratory is now offering soil screening to the community! Services include nutrient analysis (phosphorus, potassium, organic matter, pH and conductivity) and lead screening.
To submit a sample(s) for analysis, please follow the sample collection instructions and complete the screening request form provided below.
NOTE: You must pay for the soil screening when you drop off your sample(s). Payment can be made by cash or credit card. The cost is $15 for nutrient analysis and $10 for lead screening for EACH bagged sample. Samples can be dropped off in person at the MHD Consumer Protection Customer Service Desk:
Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway, 3rd Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
For questions or further information or assistance, please contact us at (414) 286-3526. Additional soil and gardening resources are also available below.
Helpful Links: Soil and Gardening Resources
Milwaukee Extension Horticulture Help Line
UW Extension Learning Store
Making and Using Compost in the Garden
Raised Bed Gardening