Several media outlets recently reported about ongoing lead contamination concerns at a high school in a neighborhood in southern Los Angeles. The high school in Watts is located right next to a large scrap metal recycling facility. In addition to issues such as loud noises coming from the business, a major concern of many faculty, students, parents and community activists is possible exposure to dusts from the recycling plant that could be contaminated with lead and other heavy metals.
“If dusts contaminated with lead are not properly managed they can often make their way onto a neighboring property and even into nearby homes, schools and businesses if it is carried by the wind or due to runoff when it rains,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “If it is airborne, it can enter a structure through open windows, doors and air intakes. Contaminated dust that has settled on the ground can even be tracked into a building by people. There are so many health risks associated with exposure to elevated levels of lead that every action should be taken to identify these types of hazards so that corrective actions can be taken.”
Offering laboratory testing services to identify lead exposure risks from indoor and outdoor samples are the environmental and industrial hygiene professionals at LA Testing. They operate laboratories throughout California that provide testing services for lead and other heavy metals from air, soil, water, dust, paint chips and other types of samples. LA Testing also offers sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits.
To learn more about this or other environmental, air quality, health and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to lead 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 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.