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Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/23/2015
Author Paul Cochrane
Title COPD Affects Over 1 Million California Residents
Introduction LA Testing provides indoor environmental quality testing services and sampling supplies to identify air contaminants that can exacerbate COPD.

Garden Grove, CA, October 23rd, 2015

According to a 2011 report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, approximately 1.1 million California adults are affected by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD. COPD refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and, in some cases, asthma. The report goes on to state that although a third of adults with COPD in California are 65 years old or older, a quarter are under the age of 45.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “In the United States, tobacco smoke is a key factor in the development and progression of COPD, although exposure to air pollutants in the home and workplace, genetic factors, and respiratory infections also play a role.” In addition to avoiding tobacco smoke, many buildings and homes have conditions or indoor air quality pollutants, irritants and allergens that may aggravate COPD in people suffering from the condition. These may include: 

  • Mold & Bacteria
  • Dust Mites & Dusty Conditions
  • Pet Dander
  • Pollen
  • Scented Soaps, Shampoos & Perfumes
  • Fumes from Cleaning & Other Chemicals
  • Dry Cleaning Chemicals
  • Smoke from Fireplaces & Wood Stoves
  • Dirty HVAC Ducts & Carpeting
  • Outdoor Pollution that Infiltrates a Property


“For people who suffer from COPD, it’s important that their home and work environment does not have elevated levels of these pollutants to keep their condition from being aggravated,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “At LA Testing, we offer laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring equipment to identify airborne contaminants to help COPD patients manage their condition.”

LA Testing has sponsored an educational video about COPD, indoor allergens and pollutants that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/tv-rKdXoW5A.

To learn more about this or other indoor air quality, environmental, occupational, health and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other substances.  In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states.  LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.