Huntington Beach, CA, August 11th, 2021
The start of the new school year at most schools, colleges, and universities in California takes place this month. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year will bring new challenges for school administrators and facility managers in their efforts to provide a safe and healthy learning experience for students and staff.
In a typical year, issues with water infiltration, faulty plumbing, and HVAC failures are all problems that could cause indoor environmental quality (IEQ) problems involving mold growth and other challenges. These types of problems are especially common in aging schools found in many districts. However, in today’s world, preventing the spread of COVID-19 has taken center stage. Proper ventilation and filtration, along with environmental cleaning and disinfection, are on the top of many people’s minds.
“The health of students, teachers, and other faculty is a top priority, so testing and identifying for surface pathogens and respiratory droplets that could spread COVID-19 is going to be critical, but it’s not the only issue to be aware of,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “Legionella bacteria in building water systems that have been dormant for months is a concern. So too is mold if there have been any water leaks or if the school’s HVAC system hasn’t been operating properly over the summer months. Some schools even have elevated lead levels in their drinking water.”
To ensure the indoor environmental quality of schools and universities across California, LA Testing offers laboratory services for a wide range of bacteria, fungi, viruses, heavy metals, and chemical pollutants to mitigate exposure risks from the air, surfaces, and drinking water. LA Testing also provides sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments, and building inspection tools.
To learn more about this or other building science, infection control, environmental, health, and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com, or call (800) 755-1794.
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.