California Wildfires Have Caused Over 200,000 Evacuations in the Year 2019
LA Testing provides analytical services, air monitoring instruments, sampling supplies, test kits and respirators to identify smoke residues, respiratory hazards and help to mitigate exposure risks to wildfire smoke.
South Pasadena, CA, December 9th, 2019 As of December 9, 2019 the Cave fire is the only wildfire in California still burning. The fire is 90 percent contained but has already spread to about 3,126 acres. California’s fire season has been filled with mass evacuations and blackouts, totaling to 46,706 wildfires from January 1 to November 22, 2019 with a rough total of 4.6 million acres burned. As of late October, there were already over 200,000 evacuations and the declaration of a state of emergency. The Kincade fire that ignited on.......[Read More]
California Residents Advised of Potential Lead Hazards in Homes
LA Testing offers laboratory services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify lead in homes, schools and work environments.
Huntington Beach, CA, December 4th, 2019 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported that lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental illnesses in California, but is completely preventable. The agency goes on to state that while many products that contained lead have been phased out, the toxic heavy metal may still be found in and around older homes and buildings, in certain occupations and hobbies, and in some consumer products, remedies and foods. Exposure to lead can affect nearly every system in the body and.......[Read More]
Isla Vista Community Room Temporarily Closed After Discovery of Water Leaks and Mold
LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and water damage detection equipment to identify mold and other potential exposure risks.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 27th, 2019 The Daily Nexus recently published an article about the temporary closure of a community conference room owned by Santa Barbara County. According to the article, the closure was the result of two water leaks that caused damage. One leak came from a faulty water pipe and the other due to a failed air conditioner condensation pump. Water was reported to have also resulted in the growth of mold in the walls. Even though mold is a natural part of the environment, when it grows indoors and.......[Read More]
California Governor Signs into Law the Nation’s Strictest Lead and Cadmium Limits for Jewelry
LA Testing provides analytical services to test jewelry and other consumer products for lead, cadmium and other toxic heavy metals to safeguard the public and help companies comply with regulations.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 26th, 2019 In September, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the nation’s strictest limits on how much lead and cadmium is allowed in jewelry sold throughout the state. The Safe Jewelry Act (SB 647) goes into effect next year and has limits that cover children’s jewelry and pieces made for adults. The existing California law, as part of the hazardous waste control laws, prohibits a person from manufacturing, shipping, selling or offering for sale or promotional purposes.......[Read More]
Hospital in Los Angeles Discovers Mold and Temporarily Cancels Some Surgeries
LA Testing offers mold and other indoor air quality testing services to identify microbial contaminants, environmental pathogens and respiratory hazards.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 21st, 2019 The Los Angeles Times published a report in late September about the temporary halt of elective surgeries at one of the major hospitals in the city and state. According to the publication, a water leak caused damage and mold growth in an area near the facility’s sterile processing room. The area was reportedly closed off for repairs and remediation. It was announced several days later that elective surgeries had been resumed. When water or elevated humidity results in the growth of.......[Read More]
California Health Officials Urge Residents to Stop Using Imported Skin Creams Similar to One That Caused Mercury Poisoning
LA Testing offers consumer product and environmental testing services for mercury and methylmercury to protect the public and the environment.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 19th, 2019 The Sacramento County Department of Health Services recently released information about a local woman that was hospitalized in a semi-comatose state after using a skin cream tainted with methylmercury that was meant to lighten skin color or remove spots and wrinkles. It is the first known case of methylmercury poisoning of this type linked to a skin cream in the United States. The woman obtained the skin cream through an informal network that was imported from Mexico. The agency also.......[Read More]
Mold and Health Issues in San Diego Leads to Multimillion Dollar Award for Military Family
LA Testing offers laboratory services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify indoor environmental quality concerns dealing with mold and other contaminants.
South Pasadena, CA, November 15th, 2019 This past September it was reported by KGTV that a Marine Corps family in San Diego had been awarded $2 million in a lawsuit against a company that provided military housing. The lawsuit involved medical claims by the family associated with exposure to mold and excessive dampness in their rental property. The housing company denies the allegations and reports it will appeal the ruling. Cases like this happen all too often between renters and landlords. This case reinforces the importance of.......[Read More]
California Department of Public Health Issues Workplace Hazard Update on Isoflurane
LA Testing provides analytical services and diffusion monitors to identify isoflurane and other exposure risks to waste anesthetic gases (WAGs).
Huntington Beach, CA, November 13th, 2019 Earlier this year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) published a Workplace Hazard Update about veterinary worker exposure risks to isoflurane, a commonly used anesthetic gas. Isoflurane is sold under various trade names and is a general anesthetic that is inhaled and can be used to start or maintain anesthesia. According to the CDPH update, an investigation by the department found high levels of isoflurane in workers' breathing zones during common veterinary procedures. The.......[Read More]