Huntington Beach Testing Lab Adds New Method for Hexavalent Chromium Analysis
LA Testing provides analytical services and testing supplies to identify hexavalent chromium and other exposure hazards.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 16th, 2018
LA Testing is pleased to announce that its Huntington Beach, California laboratory has added a new accreditation through the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA-LAP, LLC) Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Accreditation Program (IHLAP). LA Testing has been approved for a new method of testing for hexavalent chromium by the ion chromatography (IC) method. With this accreditation, LA Testing is accredited in accordance with the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General.......[Read More]
Listeria Concerns Prompt California Company to Recall Guacamole Products from Multiple States
LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify Listeria and other foodborne pathogens to help prevent illnesses and costly product recalls.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 14th, 2018
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a food recall initiated by a company based in California. The recall was launched after positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes on two packages collected for the FDA’s random sample testing program.
The guacamole products were distributed throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii. Fortunately, at the time of the recall notice, no reports of human illnesses had been recorded. Consumers are being urged to.......[Read More]
Naturally Occurring Asbestos Complicates California Airport Runway Repairs
LA Testing provides asbestos analyses and sampling supplies to identify its presence from naturally occurring deposits and manmade environments.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 9th, 2018
Recently, the North Bay Business Journal published a story about the discovery of naturally occurring asbestos at the an airport in California. It was reportedly found last October in the rock beneath the runway during renovation activities.
According to the California Air Resources Board, asbestos is a term used for several types of naturally-occurring fibrous minerals found in many parts of California. The most common type of asbestos is chrysotile, but other types are also found in.......[Read More]
Sonoma County Resident Dies after Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease
LA Testing provides analytical services and all of the sampling supplies needed to identify Legionella and other environmental pathogens.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 2nd, 2018
Recently, the Press Democrat published a story about the death of a Sonoma County woman who had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. According to the report, there have been other cases of the severe form of pneumonia in the county, but it was the first recorded death in the area for 2017.
Legionnaires' disease is caused by a type of bacteria known as Legionella. Symptoms usually begin 2 to 14 days after exposure. Legionnaires' disease can have symptoms similar to other forms of.......[Read More]
California Begins Steps to Potentially Ban the Use of Methylene Chloride in Paint Strippers
LA Testing provides analytical services to test for methylene chloride and other potentially hazardous chemicals.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 31st, 2018
Recently, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) proposed listing paint or varnish strippers containing methylene chloride as a Priority Product. A Priority Product is a consumer product identified by DTSC that contains one or more chemicals, known as Candidate Chemicals, which have a hazard trait that can harm people or the environment.
According to the agency, “DTSC is taking this action to protect workers and consumers from exposure to methylene chloride that could.......[Read More]
Cal/OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard Enforcement
LA Testing offers industrial hygiene testing services to identify crystalline silica to protect workers and help keep companies in regulatory compliance.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 29th, 2018
Last September, Cal/OSHA began enforcing employer obligations under the new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction, found in Title 8 section 1532.3 of the California Code of Regulations. This was the same date that federal OSHA began enforcement of their corresponding standard across the rest of the United States.
Occupational exposures to crystalline silica can occur during workplace operations that involve cutting, sawing, drilling and crushing of concrete, brick, block, rock.......[Read More]
Identifying Occupational Allergens in Work Environments throughout California
LA Testing offers analytical services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use sampling kits to identify respiratory allergens and irritants in the work environment.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 24th, 2018
According to WebMD, approximately 1 in 5 people in the United States have either allergy or asthma symptoms. Of the country’s population, 55% also tests positive to one or more allergens according to the website. In a large state like California, that equates to millions of people with allergies.
While people typically have control over allergens they may be exposed to in their homes, this is not always the case in the work environment. Many employees are exposed to known allergens every day.......[Read More]
Moldy Library Impacts California Students and Faculty
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and indoor environmental quality test kits to identify microbial contaminants.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 22nd, 2018
Last month, the Long Beach Post published an article about the scheduled reopening of the second floor of a university library in California. According to their report, the second floor, containing hundreds of thousands of books, had been closed for several months following the discovery of mold. The mold is believed to have been a result of repair work done over the summer which allowed for a period of humidity control issues.
Housing books and manuscripts made of paper, libraries must be.......[Read More]