Multiple Metropolitan Areas in California Make the Top 10 List for Bed Bug Infestations
LA Testing provides easy-to-use test kits that utilize advanced qPCR testing methods to identify the presence of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius).
Huntington Beach, CA, March 14th, 2018
Last month, Orkin’s list of the Top 50 Bed Bug Cities was released to the public and included several major population centers in California. The highest ranking city in California was Los Angeles (ranked 4th) followed by the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose area (9th) and San Diego (41st). The list was reportedly compiled from bed bug treatment data from the pest control company’s operations from December 1st of 2016 through November 30th of 2017.
Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic.......[Read More]
Veterans Home Resident in Fresno Diagnosed with Legionellosis
LA Testing provides analytical services and all of the supplies needed to sample for Legionella and other environmental pathogens.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 12th, 2018
Last month, FOX26 published a report about a veteran’s home resident that contracted legionellosis, a disease caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. The article states the patient is being treated at a VA hospital and that staff at the retirement home hyper-chlorinated the building’s water system to try and prevent additional cases of the respiratory infection.
People who get sick after being exposed to Legionella can develop two different illnesses, Legionnaires’.......[Read More]
Protecting California Residents from Occupational Exposures to Acetone and Other Chemical Hazards
LA Testing provides analytical services to identify exposure risks to acetone and a wide range of other industrial chemicals.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 9th, 2018
Acetone is a fairly common chemical and its use is widespread in homes and businesses throughout California. In residential settings, people can be exposed to acetone by using nail polish remover, household cleaners, paints, adhesives, rubber cement, particle board or other products that contain it. In occupational settings, workers may be exposed if they are employed at a facility that manufactures paints, plastics, chemicals, artificial fibers and even shoes. Employees could also come in contact.......[Read More]
California Residents Learn Ways to Maintain a Home’s Indoor Air Quality during Winter
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies and indoor environmental quality test kits to identify pollutants.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 27th, 2018
Last month, the Escalon Times published an article with tips for California residents to maintain the indoor air quality (IAQ) of their homes, especially during the chilly winter months. The column discussed everything from carbon monoxide (CO) and dirty air ducts to the off-gassing of cleaning chemicals and exposure to mold.
It’s not uncommon for IAQ issues and complaints to come to light during the winter months. This is often due to a lack of fresh air with windows and doors shut, a.......[Read More]
California Advisory about Mold and Pesticide Contamination in Homes Used as Illegal Marijuana Grow Operations
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify mold and other indoor environmental quality concerns.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 22nd, 2018
Earlier this year, the Mohave Desert News published an advisory message to area residents concerning potential health hazards being found in a large number of homes being used as illegal marijuana grow operations. The article specifically discusses water damage in these properties that results in widespread mold growth as well as the presence of significant amounts of insecticides and other pesticides.
Growing a large volume of any type of plant indoors without the proper ventilation will.......[Read More]
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]