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California Residents Learn About Common Asthma Triggers Found in Homes

LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services and sampling supplies to identify allergens and known asthma triggers.

Huntington Beach, CA, November 29, 2016  According to a report prepared by the Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Public Health, approximately five million Californians have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lives. The report states that almost three million residents currently have asthma and that over one in five are considered to have very poorly controlled asthma.For anyone who suffers from asthma, an attack can occur when they are exposed to environmental triggers, which could.......[Read More] [All News]

California Home Improvement Company Ordered to Pay Civil Penalty for Failure to Comply with the RRP Rule

LA Testing provides laboratory services to help companies identify lead and other hazardous materials to comply with health and safety regulations.

Huntington Beach, CA, November 22, 2016  Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that a home improvements company in Anaheim was ordered to pay over $58,000 for failure to comply with the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). The settlement required the company to pay the civil penalty due to renovation activities that took place in several cities in California.The RRP Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes,.......[Read More] [All News]

California Real Estate Buyers & Property Managers Learn About Testing for Toxic Residues from a Meth Lab

LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify properties that were once used as clandestine drug laboratories.

Huntington Beach, CA, November 18, 2016  In October, sheriff deputies and a hazardous materials team were called to a property in California. They were responding to the presence of what officials believed to be a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.Unfortunately, cases like this occur all too frequently across the country. Numerous homes, apartments and businesses have been used for the illegal production of meth over the years. When one is discovered, it often makes the evening news, but there are many others that are never found........[Read More] [All News]

California Library to Temporarily Close for Asbestos-Containing Tile Removal

LA Testing offers analytical services and sampling supplies to identify asbestos in materials and from environmental samples to prevent exposure hazards.

Huntington Beach, CA, November 16, 2016  In October, a board of supervisors from a California county approved the temporary closure of a local library for an asbestos abatement project. The closure is set to take place following the Thanksgiving holiday.According to officials, the basement floor was installed in 1971 using both tiles and adhesives that contained asbestos. Over the years, tiles have broken and been replaced. However, there are no records of which tiles are old and which are new. Every time a tile was replaced, the.......[Read More] [All News]

CRE Hospital Infections May Soon Have to be Reported to Los Angeles County Officials

LA Testing provides environmental testing services to identify microbial pathogens to help prevent healthcare-associated infections.

South Pasadena, CA, November 10, 2016  Last month, the Los Angeles Times published a news story that Los Angeles County is planning to once again require that hospitals report if a patient becomes infected with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) to health officials.CRE are a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics. Carbapenem describes a class of antibiotics that is frequently used to treat severe infections and is often considered the antibiotics taken of last.......[Read More] [All News]

California Real Estate Services Firm Settles with the EPA for Lead Paint Violations

LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling and test kits to identify lead hazards and prevent human exposure risks.

South Pasadena, CA, November 7, 2016  Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with a real estate services firm for failing to properly disclose the potential presence of lead when selling several residential properties in Southern California.The EPA reported that the company will pay a penalty of nearly $20,000 and spend about $60,000 to purchase equipment to test blood lead levels in children. At least 21 blood lead analyzers will be donated to non-profit community health clinics throughout the.......[Read More] [All News]

Some California Workers and Residents at Risk of Exposure to Diesel Particulate Matter

LA Testing provides analytical services and monitoring instrumentation to identify diesel exhaust and particulate matter to protect workers and the public.

South Pasadena, CA, November 3, 2016  Recently, the California Air Resources Board worked alongside the California Highway Patrol in East Los Angeles. The joint effort inspected heavy-duty trucks to check for compliance with the state’s air pollution regulations. The inspections focused on the exhaust from these trucks since those that have not been properly maintained or configured can not only cause unsightly air pollution, but also impact people’s health when they breathe polluted air.   Diesel engines provide power.......[Read More] [All News]

Potential Exposure to Hazardous Materials has Residents of Los Angeles Neighborhood Concerned

LA Testing provides analytical services and sampling supplies to identify lead, arsenic, TCE and other exposure risks.

South Pasadena, CA, October 31st, 2016  Plans by the Los Angeles Housing Authority to demolish an aging housing project to make way for a new mixed-use complex have residents and nearby neighbors concerned.The housing project sits next to land that once housed a steel manufacturing facility as well as a truck storage and repair facility. The soil is known to be contaminated and in 2014 the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) reported that, “…the California Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC).......[Read More] [All News]