Tips for California Residents to Improve Their Indoor Air Quality During the Winter Months
LA Testing provides indoor air quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring instruments to identify elevated levels of airborne pollutants.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 21st, 2021 With the arrival of winter, most people are now spending considerably more time indoors, even in sunny California. The cooler temperatures and fewer hours of daylight mean doors and windows of homes and offices are more likely to be shut, often impacting the building’s indoor air quality (IAQ). In fact, it’s not uncommon for IAQ issues and complaints to come to light during this time of year. This can be due to a lack of fresh air, a dry indoor environment, elevated carbon dioxide.......[Read More]
California Library Temporarily Closes to Address Asbestos-Containing Flooring Materials
LA Testing provides asbestos analysis, sampling supplies, test kits and personal protective equipment to protect workers and the public from exposure risks and to help keep businesses and institutions in regulatory compliance.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 19th, 2021 A California library administration announced that one of the library’s based in California would be closed for several weeks late last year to allow for improvements and repairs to the facility. The closure was needed for the safety of the library staff and its patrons since part of the planned work included the replacement of flooring that contained asbestos. Old flooring, including sheet vinyl, vinyl or asphalt floor tiles, and any associated paper-like backing, mastic, adhesive or glue,.......[Read More]
PCB-Containing Fluorescent Light Ballasts Remain in Some California Homes and Buildings
LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify polychlorinated biphenyls and other hazardous substances from electrical components, building materials and environmental samples.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 15th, 2021 Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a 5-page information and reference fact sheet about polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in fluorescent light ballasts (FLBs). The document provides information on how to investigate for, remove, store and dispose of PCB-containing FLBs. PCBs belong to a broad family of man-made organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. They were domestically manufactured from 1929 until manufacturing was banned in 1979 in the United.......[Read More]
Burst Pipe Results in Property Damage and Moisture-Related Concerns
LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and building inspection tools to identify mold, bacteria, asbestos, lead and other potential exposure risks following water damage.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 13th, 2021 A high-pressure water pipe burst in a large building located in Southern California late last year causing significant damage to multiple floors of the building according to media reports. The pipe was from a second-floor bathroom and responding firefighters were able to shut off the water supply to the entire building so cleanup activities could start. Cases like this happen all too regularly in commercial, institutional and even residential properties. In fact, water damage from burst pipes is a.......[Read More]
Californians Encouraged to Test Homes and Buildings During National Radon Action Month
LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality (IEQ) laboratory testing services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify radon and other exposure risks in homes, schools, offices and other buildings.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 11th, 2021 The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) website on radon encourages all of the state’s residents to test their homes for radon, fix their homes if they have a radon problem and to build new homes that are radon-resistant. The agency also reports that radon has been found in every county in the state. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that can build up to dangerous levels inside a home or other type of building........[Read More]
Consistent Cleaning Procedures Can Limit Spread of Pathogens in Outpatient Care Centers
LA Testing offers environmental pathogen testing and other infection control services and sampling supplies to help protect patients and staff.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 6th, 2021 There are hundreds of outpatient care centers across California that provide vital services to the state’s almost 40 million residents. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year, these care providers have had to reassess their infection control procedures to take into account the virus along with all the bacteria and fungi that have long been associated with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). HAIs are a major concern for infection control professionals in California and.......[Read More]
California Court Challenge to the Proposition 65 Listing of BPA Fails
LA Testing offers laboratory services to identify bisphenol A and many other chemicals found on California’s Prop 65 list of substances that could cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Huntington Beach, CA, December 29th, 2020 In October, an appellate court in California upheld the listing of bisphenol A (BPA) as a reproductive toxicant under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65). The listing had been challenged by an industry trade association that represents chemical companies. Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment........[Read More]
Crawl Spaces and Mold Issues in California Homes and Businesses
LA Testing offers laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments and building inspection tools to identify mold and other indoor environmental quality issues.
Huntington Beach, CA, December 18th, 2020 It can sometimes be obvious that a home or building has a mold problem when it is visibly growing on the walls, ceilings, floors or other observable areas. However, it’s important to note that a structure may have a mold problem that could be causing indoor environmental quality (IEQ) concerns for building occupants that is taking place completely out of sight. Crawl spaces are one of the common areas where mold issues are found but may be unnoticed. This is due to the fact that many.......[Read More]