Huntington Beach, CA, January 12, 2017
In December, the Daily News
reported that an asbestos abatement project had been scheduled at a Veteran Memorial Hall in California. According to the article, the flooring in the main area has deteriorated over time and underneath it are materials that are known to contain asbestos.
In the past, asbestos was used in some floor tiles, sheet vinyl, backing materials, adhesives and glues. Its ability to strengthen and increase the durability of these materials made it popular. Flooring materials were not the only common building materials to utilize asbestos. Through the 1970s, numerous other building products and insulation materials used in residential, commercial and institutional buildings also contained asbestos.
Unfortunately, over time, asbestos-containing materials can become friable and create exposure risks. These materials can also be a significant hazard during demolition, remodeling and renovation activities if the proper safety precautions are not taken as exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis
“Asbestos is still found in many homes and buildings across California,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Unless materials are labeled, which they seldom are, the only way to know if they contain asbestos is to have them tested. Air, dust and surface sampling can also help to determine if people are being exposed to asbestos fibers. In many circumstances, there are also regulations in place that require testing before a project takes place that could disturb asbestos-containing materials”
To protect workers, building occupants and help to keep companies in regulatory compliance, LA Testing offers comprehensive asbestos testing services, sampling supplies and test kits.
To learn more about asbestos testing or other environmental, indoor air quality, occupational, health and safety issues, 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 air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. 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, NVLAP, CDC ELITE, 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 Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Leandro and South Pasadena.