National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month and Resources to Protect Building Occupants in California from Airborne Hazards
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instruments to optimize indoor conditions and identify airborne pollutants.
Huntington Beach, CA, October 5, 2022
Each year, October is recognized as National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month. A comfortable temperature and relative humidity, good ventilation, and a lack of unpleasant odors comes to mind for many people when thinking about indoor air quality (IAQ), but it’s also important to control exposure to airborne pollutants to help reduce the risk of health concerns.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that the health effects from indoor air pollutants may be.......[Read More]
The Pathogen that Causes Legionnaires’ Disease Discovered in a Spa Filter at a Hotel in San Jose
LA Testing offers PCR and traditional culturing methods to quickly and accurately identify the microbial pathogen that causes Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever from environmental samples.
Huntington Beach, CA, September 27, 2022
The County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department (PHD) recently released a joint statement about a case involving two individuals that stayed at a hotel in San Jose and later developed Legionnaires’ disease. In it, DEH reported sampling various sources in and around the spa and pool of the hotel. A sample from the spa filter came up positive for Legionella pneumophila, the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’.......[Read More]
National Preparedness Month and Disaster Resources for Companies and Institutions in California
LA Testing offers microbial, chemical and radiological testing services, along with sampling supplies, test kits, building inspection tools, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to prepare and respond to disasters.
Huntington Beach, CA, September 26, 2022
A Lasting Legacy is the theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month (NPM). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated September as NPM since 2004. The annual event encourages people to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, institutions and communities.
For businesses and institutions, NPM is an important reminder to have contingency plans in place to be able to quickly respond to a natural or man-made emergency/disaster. These.......[Read More]
Dozens of Nutritional and Beverage Products Recalled by a Foodservice Company Based in California Due to Potential Microbial Contamination
LA Testing provides food, beverage and consumer product testing services to identify microbial and chemical contaminants to protect consumers and to help prevent costly product recalls.
Huntington Beach, CA, September 21, 2022
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted information about the voluntary recall of 53 nutritional and beverage products by a company based in California. The recall was initiated due to the potential for microbial contamination, including from Cronobacter sakazakii. The products were packaged under a number of different brands and were distributed nationwide.
According to the recall notice:
The list of recalled products does not include products intended for.......[Read More]
Contract Sterilization Service Provider in California Issued a Notice of Violation for Elevated Levels of Ethylene Oxide
LA Testing provides laboratory services and sampling supplies to identify ethylene oxide and other potentially hazardous chemical compounds to protect people and to help companies comply with health and safety regulations.
Huntington Beach, CA, September 20, 2022
A company in Los Angeles County that provides contract sterilization services to medical device manufacturers was recently issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) for elevated levels of ethylene oxide (EtO) by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD). According to the agency, it has an ongoing investigation into emissions of EtO from facilities within its jurisdiction. Air sampling was conducted around the contract sterilization provider’s facility and.......[Read More]
California Observes National Farm Safety and Health Week and Resources to Protect Agricultural Workers
LA Testing provides environmental and industrial hygiene laboratory services, sampling supplies, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to safeguard workers from a wide range of exposure risks.
Huntington Beach, CA, September 14, 2022
According to a report released by the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA), there are close to 70,000 farms and ranches in the state. The agency also proclaims that California’s agricultural output produces around $50 billion in cash receipts each year.
California’s agricultural industry is supported by hundreds of thousands of farmworkers. Farm safety for these workers is an important topic as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as recently.......[Read More]
San Diego City Attorney Orders Residential Hotel to Vacate Over Mold and Other Living Conditions
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, air monitoring instruments, building inspection tools and test kits to identify mold and other indoor environmental quality issues.
San Diego, CA, September 12, 2022
Last month, San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott announced that a downtown residential hotel was being vacated due to deplorable living conditions, fire hazards and dangerous code violations. The City Attorney’s Office, working with the San Diego Housing Commission, also reported that the remaining 69 occupants were being relocated to habitable and affordable accommodations. They would also be receiving thousands of dollars in relocation costs which the City is advancing as the property.......[Read More]
Respiratory Protection Week and Identifying and Mitigating Occupational Exposure Risks in California
LA Testing offers air quality laboratory services and a wide range of respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard workers and to help keep companies and institutions in compliance with Cal/OSHA regulations.
Huntington Beach, CA, September 7, 2022
Throughout California, countless workers from a wide range of industries are required to wear respirators to protect themselves from airborne hazards, including atmospheres that are oxygen-deficient. Cal/OSHA’s regulation for worker use of respirators can be found in title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (T8CCR), section 5144 and its appendices.
The proper use of respirators can dramatically help to prevent illnesses and deaths in the workplace. Recognizing the vital.......[Read More]