Health Risk Assessment, Surveillance & Management

DESP Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: December 15, 2017

​Frequently asked questions related to the subject of Health Risk Assessment, Surveillance, and Management.

Deployment Environmental Surveillance

Q:Can DESP send me some reagents for my Water Quality Analysis Set (WQAS)-PM kit?

No, we cannot provide those supplies. We provide equipment and kits to supplement your organic equipment set

Q:Can I use my TO17 tubes to test for formaldehyde?

No. You need to request media from DESP specifically for formaldehyde

Q:Can Navy or Air Force units get equipment and technical support from DESP?

Yes, DESP supports all deployed preventive medicine personnel

Q:Do I need to submit my field test results?

Yes. Please send them with your sampling kits or by email

Q:How do I submit grid coordinates?

Unclassified grids can be sent on Field Data Sheets or via email to your DESP point of contact Classified grids can be emailed via SIPRnet to your DESP POC

Q:How do I submit my coliform test results?

You can write them on the Field Data Sheet, or if you ship the sample the same day you collect it, email the results to your DESP POC

Q:How do I submit my surveillance/inspection reports?

Email them to

Q:How do I test the soil for VOCs?

Request a soil VOC test kit from DESP. VOCs are not part of the regular soil analysis

Q:What is a composite surface soil sample?

Samples from three to five locations mixed together and collected less than 6 inches below ground surface

Q:What is a discrete sub-surface soil sample?

One sample collected from 6 inches or more below ground surface

Q:Where can I get copies of the Field Data Sheets?

Contact DESP:

Q:Will DESP support humanitarian sampling projects?
​A:​DESP can provide technical assistance and sample kits only; we are not funded for laboratory analysis of humanitarian samples