Dangerous Materials Force SFSU to Close Building for the Semester
LA Testing offers analytical services to identify hazards such as asbestos, mercury, arsenic and lead that were recently discovered by the university.
Garden Grove, CA, February 3rd, 2014
Late last month, multiple media outlets reported that a routine inspection of a building at San Francisco State University (SFSU) had some unexpected findings. According to the reports, a December inspection of the Science Building found potentially hazardous levels of asbestos, mercury, arsenic and lead.
In response, SFSU administrators have decided to close the building for the entire semester. Students and faculty have been moved to other buildings around campus as the Science Building undergoes additional tests and evaluations.
Exposure to any of the four substances found can cause health concerns for building occupants. For example:
- Exposure to asbestos fibers is known to cause serious health hazards including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
- Mercury exposure at high levels can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system of people of all ages. It has been demonstrated that high levels of methylmercury in the bloodstream of unborn babies and young children may harm the developing nervous system.
- Arsenic combines with other elements such as oxygen, chlorine and sulfur to form inorganic arsenic compounds. Inhalation exposure has been shown to be associated with lung cancer, while ingestion of inorganic arsenic has been linked to a form of skin cancer and also to bladder, liver and lung cancer.
- Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and even death at high levels.
One of California’s leading indoor environmental quality testing laboratories that helps identify hazards such as these in buildings is LA Testing. “The routine inspection by SFSU shows that being proactive with testing indoor environments can make a difference in people’s health,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “LA Testing has a network of laboratories in California that offer supplies, test kits and expert analysis to identify these indoor hazardous as well as many others.”
To learn more about indoor environmental quality testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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