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Category Press Release
Publish Date 9/23/2021
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Guidance Document Helps California Employers and Workers Facing Indoor Mold Issues
Introduction LA Testing offers laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, and building inspection tools to identify mold and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) exposure concerns.

Huntington Beach, CA, September 23rd, 2021

Mold: Worker and Employer Guide to Hazards and Recommended Controls is a document that was released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) several years ago. It summarizes basic procedures for mold remediation after a flood or other type of disaster with an emphasis on worker protection.

The publication reports that there are many different types of mold that can grow almost anywhere moisture is present. It also states that workers exposed to mold during disaster, recovery, and cleanup may experience a variety of health problems, including:
 

  • Itchy, runny, or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Itchy or sore throat
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Severe allergic responses (rhinitis, asthma, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis)
  • Infections (some types of mold can cause opportunistic infections in people with a weakened or suppressed immune system)


“Another potential concern when mold is growing indoors is exposure to mycotoxins,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “Indoor environments with high levels of mold can cause so many issues for building occupants. The scientists at LA Testing identify mold and other IEQ exposure risks. To achieve this, we offer laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments, and building inspection tools.”

LA Testing has also sponsored an educational video about the Mold: Worker and Employer Guide to Hazards and Recommended Controls document, which can be seen at: https://youtu.be/KYyd8puuBbs.

To learn more about mold and other indoor environmental quality services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com, or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IEQ 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.

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