Huntington Beach, CA, March 3rd, 2021
A California county health department announced it had temporarily closed one of their beaches near Monterey, California earlier this year. According to multiple media reports, the closure was the result of asbestos concerns coming from water that was leaking from a construction site where asbestos remediation work was taking place. The water had made its way into a storm drain that flowed out at the beach.
In this instance, a stop work order quickly shut down the construction site until the problem could be addressed. This case is a reminder that asbestos remains a concern in many buildings constructed up until the late 1970s. It can be found in building materials ranging from insulation, roofing and siding to vinyl floor tiles, cement sheets and adhesives to name just a few common asbestos-containing materials. As these buildings are torn down or renovated, these materials could pose a risk if they are not handled properly.
“At LA Testing, our laboratories in California work with construction companies, environmental engineers, consultants and regulators to identify exposure hazards in all types of buildings,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “It’s not uncommon to find asbestos-containing materials, as well as lead-based paints and PCBs, in older commercial, institutional and even residential properties. LA Testing offers environmental, material and industrial hygiene laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, real-time monitoring instruments and even personal protective equipment.”
These and other exposure risks are discussed in an educational video about demolition and renovation projects sponsored by LA Testing. The video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/iEc924Xq3ds.
To learn more about asbestos or other environmental, health and safety testing services, sampling supplies and products, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to indoor environmental quality test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: : AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego and Ontario.