California Dog Owners Learn About Pet Allergens and Tips to Minimize Exposure
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify common indoor allergens from pets and other sources.
Huntington Beach, CA, April 20, 2017Millions of California residents have one or more pet dogs in their home. In fact, a study conducted a few years ago showed that over 32% of California households reported having at least one dog.Unfortunately, many people who consider their furry pet a part of the family also suffer from exposure to pet allergens. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that as many as 30% of people with allergies have allergic reactions to dogs and cats. Dog allergens are primarily found in pet dander,.......[Read More]
High Lead Levels Found in Some Los Angeles Area Parks
LA Testing provides comprehensive analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify lead hazards from both indoor and outdoor environments.
Huntington Beach, CA, April 17, 2017Last month, it was reported that students from a university in California have been collecting soil samples from parks throughout the Los Angeles area. Multiple soil samples from at least 66 parks have been collected and analyzed so far for the presence of lead.The group of students plan to publish their findings in the next few months, but so far, at least 17 of the parks have had lead soil concentrations above 80 parts per million (ppm), California’s health standard. One park in particular was.......[Read More]
Study Finds Thousands of Workers in California with Elevated Blood Levels
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify lead hazards to protect employees from lead poisoning exposure risks.
Huntington Beach, CA, April 10, 2017 Earlier this year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a report about blood lead levels in California workers. The report presented data from the Occupational Blood Lead Registry, a laboratory-based tracking system for adult blood lead tests managed by the Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) at CDPH.Lead is a toxic heavy metal that can be combined with other metals to produce alloys. Lead and lead alloys are still used to make a number of products. In the past,.......[Read More]
California Hospitals with High Infections Rate to Come Under Greater State Scrutiny
LA Testing offers environmental, surface and air testing services to identify microbial pathogens in healthcare settings to help prevent infections and outbreaks.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 27, 2017 Early this month, the Los Angeles Times published an article detailing an announcement from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The agency is reportedly going to begin to prioritize inspections at hospitals with high rates of patient infections.The article states that California law requires hospitals to be inspected every three years. However, an investigation by the nonprofit group, Consumers Union, found that 131 hospitals across the state have not been inspected in the previous five.......[Read More]
Undeclared Food Allergen Results in San Diego Area Company Issuing Nationwide Recall
LA Testing provides food testing services to help companies comply with labeling regulations and to prevent people from accidentally consuming food allergens.
San Diego, CA, March 22, 2017 Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a company based in Southern California. The recall was launched after it was discovered that a milk-containing product was used during the packaging. As a result, the candies may contain undeclared milk protein which could put people with allergies to this common food allergen at risk. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires that food labels clearly.......[Read More]
Protecting California Workers from Exposure to Wood Dust and Other Airborne Hazards
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and air monitoring equipment to protect workers and the public from respirable hazards.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 17, 2017 Back in 2009, wood dust was added to California's Proposition 65 list as a substance known to cause cancer. Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. There are tens of thousands of workers across the state that may be exposed to wood dust on a daily basis. This can occur during construction, renovation and demolition activities as well as in.......[Read More]
Mold Causes Fire Station to Temporarily Shut Down
LA Testing offers mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to identify microbial contaminants and respirable hazards.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 7, 2017 Last month, The Sun published an article about the temporary closure of a County Fire Department station after the discovery of mold. The modular building was constructed over 40 years ago and is also known to contain asbestos.According to the article, the exterior of the building is in need of repair. When the exterior of a building is not maintained, it can often allow for moisture to penetrate the building envelop and result in the growth of mold. Elevated levels of airborne mold can cause a host.......[Read More]
Floodwaters in San Jose and Surrounding Areas Cause Widespread Damage and Mold Concerns
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify microbial and chemical hazards following flood damage.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 2, 2017 Heavy rains in California during February caused flooding in many parts of the state. Particularly hard-hit areas were parts of San Jose where the Coyote Creek floodwaters caused the mandatory evacuation of at least 14,000 residents.Schools, businesses and countless homes were inundated by the floodwaters that have caused extensive damage. As residents and business owners begin the long process of cleaning up their properties and filing insurance claims, they need to be aware of the potential.......[Read More]