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Library in California Reopens After 2018 Fire Causes Extensive Water and Smoke Damage and the Need to Address Asbestos

LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies, test kits and inspection tools to identify water damage, smoke residues, odors, asbestos, lead, mold and other common exposure risks following a fire.

South Pasadena, CA, January 28th, 2020 Late last year, the Contra Costa County Library announced the reopening of their El Sobrante location after the library had been closed for almost two years. Back in early 2018, a fire caused extensive smoke and water damage. The building, originally constructed in the early 1960s, was gutted down to its studs and rebuilt into a modern library. According to an article in the East Bay Times, an asbestos abatement was also required during the rebuilding efforts in the course of reopening. This is not.......[Read More] [All News]

Romaine Lettuce From a California Vegetable Growing Region Was the Focus of a CDC Food Safety Alert

LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria and other microbial and chemical contaminants to help prevent foodborne illnesses and costly product recalls.

South Pasadena, CA, January 22nd, 2020 Just a week before the start of the Thanksgiving holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Food Safety Alert advising retailers not to sell and consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region until authorities had more information. According to the agency, this included all types of romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas area, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and.......[Read More] [All News]

California Department of Public Health Releases New Fact Sheet on Work-Related Asthma

LA Testing provides indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instruments to help identify pollutants known to cause or trigger asthma in the workplace.

South Pasadena, CA, January 17th, 2020 This past November, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a new fact sheet as part of the agency’s Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program (WRAPP). Work-Related Asthma: Findings from Statewide Tracking provides information about the debilitating condition and data the program has uncovered during the past 23 years. The document describes work-related asthma (WRA), also sometimes referred to as occupational asthma, in the following terms: If asthma is caused or made worse.......[Read More] [All News]

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Provides Updates to Bisphenol A Fact Sheets

LA Testing offers analytical 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.

South Pasadena, CA, January 15th, 2020 Last year, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) made updates to several fact sheets the agency provides to the public regarding bisphenol A (BPA) and potential exposure risks to this common chemical. Exposure to BPA has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as some studies have found that more than 90% of the United States population has BPA in their bodies. BPA is used to manufacture polycarbonate plastics, which are used to make some types of beverage.......[Read More] [All News]

Resources for California Residents Impacted by Water Damage and Mold Following a Natural Disaster

LA Testing offers mold and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) laboratory services, sampling supplies, air monitoring instruments, inspection tools and test kits to identify potential exposure risks.

South Pasadena, CA, January 10th, 2020 Storms cause billions of dollars in property damage to homes, businesses, schools and other institutions. California is no exception, with heavy rains, floods, strong winds, storm surge and even a handful of tornadoes hitting the state each year. Many of the properties that get damaged end up with various degrees of water damage. Anytime there is moisture or elevated humidity levels indoors, even if it’s just for a short period, mold can quickly begin to grow. The presence of mold can cause a.......[Read More] [All News]

CDPH Encourages California Residents to Test Homes for Radon During National Radon Action Month

LA Testing offers radon testing and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) laboratory services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify exposure risks in homes, schools, offices and other buildings.

South Pasadena, CA, January 8th, 2020 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reminds residents that January is National Radon Action Month and the cold winter months are the best time to test for this radioactive gas. The agency also reports that radon has been found in every county in the state. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes radon as 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. This includes new.......[Read More] [All News]

Dozens of Different Packaged Vegetable Products From California Recalled Due to Listeria Concerns

LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella and other microbial pathogens to help prevent foodborne illnesses and costly product recalls.

South Pasadena, CA, January 6th, 2020 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently posted information about a voluntary recall of a series of vegetable products sold to select retailers in the United States and Canada. The recall was announced by a packing company in Salinas in response to a notification from the FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. At the time of the FDA notice there were no reports of.......[Read More] [All News]

Los Angeles County Announces Lead Paint Hazard Mitigation Program Funded by $134 Million Lead Paint Settlement

LA Testing offers environmental laboratory services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify lead hazards in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings and surroundings.

South Pasadena, CA, December 27th, 2019 This past summer the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announced the settlement of landmark litigation that now provides significant funding for the remediation of lead paint hazards in residential housing throughout Los Angeles County. $305 million is being paid to a number of counties and cities in California by three former lead paint manufacturers and Los Angeles County is receiving $134 million of this amount. In October, the Los Angeles County Board of.......[Read More] [All News]

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