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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] [All News]

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] [All News]

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] [All News]

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] [All News]

Spices Distributed to Stores in Northern California Recalled Due to Salmonella Concerns

To help prevent foodborne illnesses and costly product recalls, LA Testing offers analytical services to identify a wide range of microbial pathogens and contaminants.

South Pasadena, CA, November 8th, 2019 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted information about a recall of curry spices from one company. The spice products were manufactured in the United Arab Emirates before being imported and distributed to retail stores in Northern California. According to the FDA announcement, the recall was initiated after sampling revealed the spices tested positive for Salmonella. The agency reports that Salmonella, the name of a group of bacteria, is one of the most common causes of food.......[Read More] [All News]

California Construction Site Brought to a Halt by Naturally Occurring Asbestos

LA Testing provides asbestos analyses and sampling supplies to identify its presence from naturally occurring deposits and in manmade environments.

Huntington Beach, CA, November 6th, 2019 Recently, California’s KPIX broadcasted a story about a large construction project in San Jose that was forced to temporarily stop activities due to airborne health concerns. According to the station’s report, unacceptable asbestos levels were detected in the air around the construction zone and nearby neighborhoods. The airborne readings were said to be above the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) threshold and were the result of naturally occurring.......[Read More] [All News]

California Residents Urged to Make Preparations to Protect Against Smoke Exposure from Wildfires

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, November 1st, 2019 After weeks of devastating wildfires across the state, California’s KPIX recently broadcasted a story about the Bay Area county health departments urging residents to be prepared to protect their respiratory health from smoke caused by wildfires. The report highlighted breathing difficulties caused by wildfire smoke and steps people can take to help smoke-proof their homes. Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Environments Division also announced a.......[Read More] [All News]

Mold Discovery at Hospital in California Results in Closed Areas

LA Testing offers mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to identify microbial contaminants, pathogens and respiratory hazards in healthcare facilities.

Huntington Beach, CA, October 31st, 2019 The Argus-Courier recently published a story about the discovery of mold at a hospital in California that resulted in the temporary closure of several parts of the facility to safeguard patients and staff. According to the report, water damage was detected in the building which caused the mold growth. No illnesses were reported by the publication, but the contaminated areas have been contained until they can be properly remediated. The presence of mold in any healthcare environment, especially one.......[Read More] [All News]

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