California Residents Warned of Potential Methanol Exposure Risks from Imported Hand Sanitizers
LA Testing provides product testing services to identify methanol and other potentially dangerous chemicals to protect consumers, manufacturers, importers and retailers.
Huntington Beach, CA, August 5th, 2020
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently advised consumers to not use any hand sanitizers manufactured by a specific company in Mexico. The agency’s notice was due to the potential presence of methanol in the products. Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. The FDA warned the following in the advisory: Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate.......[Read More]
Recreational Water Users Warned of Harmful Algal Blooms in California Waters
LA Testing provides laboratory testing services and sampling supplies to identify aquatic contaminants and toxins that can help industries impacted by harmful algal blooms.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 20th, 2020
According to the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) in California, observations of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and algal toxins have increased globally over the past several years. This trend continues with the State Water Board recently issuing a media release urging recreational water users to be vigilant of HABs. According to the release: … the State Water Resources Control Board is asking the public to be mindful of freshwater harmful algal blooms (HABs) in rivers,.......[Read More]
Identifying Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Exposure Risks to Protect Residents of California and the Environment
LA Testing provides industrial hygiene and environmental testing services to identify polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other potential chemical exposure hazards.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 17th, 2020
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil, gas, garbage or other organic substances, like tobacco or charbroiled meat. In many situations, PAHs are found as a mixture containing two or more of these compounds. Some PAHs are also manufactured for various uses. These pure PAHs usually exist as colorless, white or pale yellow-green solids. PAHs are found in coal tar, crude oil, creosote and roofing tar. Some are also used.......[Read More]
CARB Advises California Residents of Formaldehyde Exposures from Consumer Products and Building Materials
LA Testing offers air quality and material testing services to identify formaldehyde exposure risks.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 15th, 2020
In May, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) published information about consumer products and building materials that emit formaldehyde and can negatively impact indoor air quality (IAQ). Classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a probable human carcinogen, exposure to formaldehyde is also an asthma trigger for some people with the condition and can act as an eye, nose, throat and lung irritant. California’s Proposition 65 lists formaldehyde as a chemical that.......[Read More]
California Construction Projects in Occupied Buildings and Maintaining Acceptable Indoor Environmental Quality
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies and air monitoring instruments to detect particulate matter, odors, asbestos, lead, mold and other airborne pollutants.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 14th, 2020
Earlier this year, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released “Maintaining Acceptable Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) During Construction and Renovation Projects.” Published in the agency’s Workplace Solutions series, it discusses a myriad of air quality issues encountered during construction, renovation, demolition or repair projects. Specifically addressed were problems involving airborne dusts, gases, organic vapors, microbiological contaminants.......[Read More]
California Apartment Complex Fire Displaces Residents and Creates Indoor Environmental Quality Concerns
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies, test kits and building inspection tools to identify smoke and water damage, odors, mold, lead, asbestos and more.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 10th, 2020
Several media outlets recently published reports about a fire at a California apartment complex. According to the articles, while no one was hurt, over 50 residents that called the complex home were displaced even though the fire was contained to just one unit on the third floor. The residents had to leave because of damage to the building’s electrical system and widespread smoke and water damage. When there is a fire in a multi-tenant complex there can be a tremendous amount of smoke that.......[Read More]
California Residents Advised of Ways that Crawl Spaces and Basements Can Impact Indoor Air Quality
LA Testing offers air quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and building inspection tools to identify microbial, chemical and radon issues.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 9th, 2020
Throughout California, homes and buildings are typically built on either a slab, above a crawl space or over a basement. Depending on the type of foundation used to construct the building, it can allow for various scenarios that could impact the indoor air quality (IAQ) of the overlying structure. Homes and buildings with crawl spaces and basements can sometimes suffer from moisture problems and quite often one of the first tell-tale signs is a musty odor. These and any other damp areas within a home.......[Read More]
Wildfire Season in California Brings Annual Threat of Property Damage, Destruction and Air Quality Concerns
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring instruments to identify air pollution hazards and exposure risks to smoke residues and odors inside of damaged properties.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 8th, 2020
Wildfire season has arrived and according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the state experienced its deadliest and most destructive wildfires as recently as 2017 and 2018. For 2019, over 259,000 acres are estimated to have burned in 7,860 wildfires in just California. There were three fatalities and 732 structures were damaged or destroyed. Many more buildings, often miles from actual wildfires, were impacted by smoke infiltration that left behind damaging odors.......[Read More]