Californians Urged to Be Prepared for Floods by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
LA Testing provides water damage testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, building inspection tools and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure risks to a wide range of microbial and chemical hazards.
Huntington Beach, CA, December 1, 2023 Late last month, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) urged all Californians to be ready to protect themselves and their property in support of Flood Preparedness Week. Residents were also reminded that floodwaters can be deadly and carry harmful contaminants. To be prepared before a flood occurs, Cal OES suggested Californians:
Keep storm pipes and drains clear
Move valuable items to higher floors
Get plastic tarps and sandbags to keep out water
Learn the.......[Read More]
California Officials React to EPA’s Determination that Lead Emissions from Aircraft Engines Cause Air Pollution
LA Testing offers air, dust, soil, water and other environmental testing services to identify lead exposure risks to protect the public, workers and the environment.
Huntington Beach, CA, Novmeber 30, 2023 Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final determination that emissions of lead from aircraft that operate on leaded fuel cause or contribute to air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare under the Clean Air Act. Aviation gasoline (avgas) for piston engine aircraft is the only remaining lead-containing transportation fuel. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), avgas emissions have become the largest.......[Read More]
Protecting California’s Workforce from Exposure to Ethylene Glycol and Other Occupational Hazards
LA Testing provides industrial hygiene and environmental laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure risks in the workplace.
Huntington Beach, CA, Novmeber 27, 2023 Ethylene glycol is described by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a colorless, syrupy liquid. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) reports that ethylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water, is odorless, and has a sweet taste, although it is poisonous. The chemical compound is used to make antifreeze and de-icing solutions for airplanes and other forms of transportation. It is used in hydraulic brake fluids and inks.......[Read More]
California Firefighters and Exposure Risks to Dermal and Respirable Hazards
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Huntington Beach, CA, Novmeber 21, 2023
California was the first state in the nation to pass a firefighter cancer presumption act back in 1982. Forty years later, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced the classification of occupational exposure as a firefighter as a Group 1 carcinogen.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) also published the results of a large study of firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia in 2013 that found the population of.......[Read More]
California Salmonella Infections Linked to the CDC’s Investigation of Pet Turtles
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Huntington Beach, CA, Novmeber 17, 2023 Late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an update to multiple Salmonella outbreaks taking place nationwide that have been linked to small turtles. So far there have been at least 59 known human infections, including 23 hospitalizations. Infections have occurred in 18 states, including multiple infections in California. According to the CDC:
Pet turtles of any size can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings even if they look healthy and clean........[Read More]
Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Protect Workers from Airborne Hazards Following Wildfire Smoke Alert
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Huntington Beach, CA, Novmeber 13, 2023
Last month, a wildfire smoke alert was issued as parts of Northern California were impacted by heavy smoke. Cal/OSHA reminded employers to follow California’s Protection from Wildfire Smoke standard, which requires them to take steps to protect their workers from unhealthy air due to wildfire smoke.
According to Cal/OSHA:
The Protection from Wildfire Smoke standard applies to most worksites where the air cannot be filtered and the Air Quality Index (AQI) for PM2.5 is 151 or more due.......[Read More]
Lung Cancer Awareness Month in California and Resources to Mitigate Exposure Risks to Airborne Carcinogens
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Huntington Beach, CA, Novmeber 9, 2023
While the rate of new lung cancer cases and deaths is lower in California than many other states, lung cancer is still a major cause of cancer deaths. To raise awareness and educate the public about the many things that can be done to help prevent new cases of lung cancer, November is recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Cigarette smoking is considered the number one cause of lung cancer and California is fortunate to have one of the lowest smoking rates in the country. However, lung cancer.......[Read More]
Protecting Workers in California from Exposure to Xylene and Other Chemicals
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 8, 2023
Xylene is one of the top 30 chemicals produced in the United States according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). There are three forms of xylene in which the methyl groups vary on the benzene ring: meta-xylene, ortho-xylene and para-xylene (m-, o- and p-xylene).
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) describes xylene as a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor. It is used as a cleaning agent, a thinner for paint, and in paints.......[Read More]