The Latest Most Rat-Infested Cities List Includes Multiple Municipalities in California
LA Testing provides laboratory services and test kits to identify environmental allergens caused by rats, mice, cockroaches, pets and other common indoor sources.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 30, 2022
Last month, Orkin released its latest list of the nation’s rattiest cities. Several major population centers in California made the list. The highest ranking Golden State city was Los Angeles (3rd) followed by San Francisco (5th) and San Diego (18th). The list was compiled from new rodent treatments performed by the company from September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022.
The presence of rodents can lead to both property damage and health concerns for building occupants in infested.......[Read More]
Tenants in San Francisco High-Rise Face Indoor Environmental Quality Concerns Following Massive Flood
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and building inspection tools to identify water damage, mold, odors, lead, asbestos and other common exposure risks following property damage.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 22, 2022 Last month, multiple media outlets reported that a mentally disturbed resident of a high-rise apartment building in San Francisco intentionally opened the valve to a high-pressure fire house on the 11th floor of the building. Some 100 units in the building were reportedly damaged from the water as it made its way down to the lower levels. Estimates of the damage are in the tens of millions of dollars. Water damage in a high-rise building can impact large areas of the structure. As the water.......[Read More]
Thousands of Imported Toys Recalled by a California Company Due to Phthalate and Lead Concerns
LA Testing offers consumer product and material testing services for phthalates, lead and other regulated substances to safeguard the public and to help keep companies in regulatory compliance.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 18, 2022
Last month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of over 22,000 children’s butterfly net sets and more than 4,000 action figure playsets due to exposure concerns to phthalates and lead. The toys, imported from China by a company based in California, have also been recalled in Canada.
The butterfly net sets were sold online by a number of major retailers in the U.S. between September of 2017 and June of this year. The action figure playsets were also.......[Read More]
Lung Cancer Awareness Month in California and Mitigating Exposure Risks to Radon and Other Airborne Hazards
LA Testing provides environmental and industrial hygiene laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring instruments to identify a wide range of airborne carcinogens, respiratory irritants, allergens and asthma triggers.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 15, 2022
California’s rate of new lung cancer cases is lower than many other states, but lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer deaths in the state. Lung cancer is also expected to be the third most common type of new cancer cases in California for 2022.
While smoking has long been associated with lung cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United States, about 10% to 20% of lung cancers, or 20,000 to 40,000 lung cancers each year, happen.......[Read More]
Asbestos Discovery Results in the Temporary Closure of a High School Gym in California
LA Testing provides asbestos testing services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify asbestos-containing materials and protect building occupants in schools and other buildings.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 11, 2022
Last month, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD) announced that during maintenance work at a district high school gym, staff found part of a wall surface was delaminating. It was identified as possibly containing asbestos so tests were conducted. Material from one wall of the gym did indeed contain asbestos according to an update from FSUSD. School officials temporarily closed the gym until any exposure threats to students and faculty could be resolved.
Asbestos is a.......[Read More]
Identifying Phenol Exposure Risks to Protect Workers in California
LA Testing provides environmental and industrial hygiene laboratory services to detect and mitigate occupational exposures to phenol and other industrial chemicals.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 8, 2022
The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) describes phenol as both a manufactured chemical and a natural substance. It is a solid when pure, but the commercial product is typically in liquid form. Due to its many applications, millions of tons of it are produced each year to be used in a number of industries in California and across the country. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), workers may be harmed from exposure to phenol.......[Read More]
National COPD Awareness Month and Improving the Indoor Air Quality of Homes and Businesses in California
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring instruments to detect airborne irritants, pathogens, allergens and asthma triggers.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 4, 2022
Approximately 1,650,000 people in California have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Across the nation, there over 15 million adults with the disease, and many more that do not know they have it. COPD refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. These include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Common symptoms of the disease that people often mistake as normal signs of aging.......[Read More]
Real Estate Company in California Settles with EPA over Claims of Lead-Based Paint Violations
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits to identify lead exposure risks to protect building occupants and to help keep companies in regulatory compliance.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 2, 2022
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with a real estate company in California to resolve claims of ten violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act at seven residential properties in and around the cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale and Vallejo. Acting as the agent for the seller in a real estate transaction, the company is alleged to have failed to ensure that the sellers properly disclosed information related to lead-based paint in its sales contracts.......[Read More]