Mold Clean Up and Testing Tips for California Residents
LA Testing, California's leading environmental testing laboratory, provides test kits and inspection tools to identify water damage and indoor mold growth.
Huntington Beach, CA, April 13th, 2021 Mold is a natural part of the environment, but exposure to elevated levels while indoors can be a problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that mold can cause many health effects. These may include coughing, wheezing, or a skin rash, but the agency also stated that people with asthma or who are allergic to molds may have more severe reactions. For those who do encounter mold, in many instances - especially if the problem is significant, it’s often best to.......[Read More]
Minimizing the Risk of Occupational Exposures to Ototoxic Chemicals in California
LA Testing, California’s Leading Environmental Testing Laboratory offers industrial hygiene, environmental testing services, and sampling supplies to identify ototoxicants in the workplace.
Huntington Beach, CA, April 9th, 2021 The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported that across the United States, over 30 million workers are regularly exposed to chemicals, some of which are harmful to the ear (ototoxic) and hazardous to hearing. Ototoxicants are chemicals that may cause hearing loss or balance problems, regardless of noise exposure. However, the potential for hearing loss can increase when workers are exposed to these chemicals while also around elevated noise levels. Several years.......[Read More]
Identifying Environmental Asthma Triggers in California Schools
LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instruments to detect airborne irritants, allergens and asthma triggers.
Huntington Beach, CA, April 7th, 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 1 in 12 children have asthma. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), approximately 1.2 million children have been diagnosed with the disease in California. Asthma is a long-term inflammatory disease that causes the airways of the lungs to tighten and constrict, leading to wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. The inflammation also causes the airways of the lungs to become especially.......[Read More]
National Asbestos Awareness Week and Efforts in California to Protect Against Exposure Risks
LA Testing offers laboratory services, sampling supplies and test kits to detect asbestos and other hazards from residential, commercial and institutional properties.
Huntington Beach, CA, April 2nd, 2021 There was a time when thousands of different products were manufactured using asbestos. These products ranged from consumer goods and building materials regularly found in homes, schools, offices, and other buildings to industrial products used in factories and ships. Due to how commonly asbestos was used, exposure hazards still exist in many California homes, businesses, and institutions. Last week, the U.S. Senate raised attention to this fact on a national level. A resolution designating the.......[Read More]
College in Northern California Takes Steps to Treat Building Water Systems After the Discovery of Legionella
LA Testing offers laboratory services and sampling supplies to detect the bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 25th, 2021 A California daily newspaper recently published a report about the discovery of Legionella bacteria in water samples from several buildings in the college area. The campus buildings had not been occupied since COVID-19 closures went into effect last March. While no illnesses were reported, this is an example of how Legionella, which can cause both Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac Fever, can become a concern in stagnant water systems in buildings that have been closed or barely used, due.......[Read More]
Potential Respiratory Concerns for California Residents Exposed to 3D Printers
LA Testing provides indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory services, sampling supplies and monitoring instruments to identify elevated levels of particulate matter and volatile organic compounds.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 23rd, 2021 In the last several years, the popularity of 3D printers has soared. They can be found in countless businesses, research institutes, schools and even private homes. As these printers become ever more commonplace, so too have concerns over respiratory exposures associated with their use. Airborne chemicals, specifically volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ultrafine particles are emitted when these machines are utilized. Over the last several years there have been a number of studies that have.......[Read More]
What is the Most Common Form of Asbestos Found in California?
LA Testing provides asbestos analysis, sampling supplies and test kits to detect exposure hazards from naturally occurring asbestos and from man-made materials.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 19th, 2021 According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the most common type of naturally occurring asbestos found in California is chrysotile. Regarding man-made sources of asbestos found by abatement workers across the entire country, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that approximately 95% of the asbestos encountered is also chrysotile. Chrysotile is one of six asbestos and asbestiform minerals recognized by the EPA and OSHA. The other five include.......[Read More]
LA Testing Provides Routine Environmental Testing for Legionella
LA Testing offers PCR and traditional culturing methods to identify the microbial pathogen that causes Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever in building water systems.
Huntington Beach, CA, March 16th, 2021 A popular California newspaper recently published a story about significant levels of Legionella bacteria that were found in the water system of a building campus in a California city that is the headquarters for a large state agency. According to their story, employees were notified of test results from a year and a half ago, but not of more recent tests that found the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease in a number of water sources in various buildings. Legionnaires’.......[Read More]