Garden Grove, CA, May 13th, 2015
Last month, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal published a report about the discovery of mold in the cafeteria of Valencia High School. According to the article, once the mold was discovered plans were put in place to remove it during spring break when students and teachers would be out of the building.
Fortunately, the mold was found and removed. Elevated levels of mold can impact a school’s indoor air quality (IAQ) and lead to a host of health issues. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Scientific evidence has long demonstrated an association between poor IAQ and respiratory health effects, including asthma. Maintenance issues in schools, such as mold and moisture or excessive use of cleaning chemicals, have been shown to trigger asthma and allergies.” In addition, mold can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, expose people to mycotoxins and some types can even cause infections in people with a weakened immune system.
“It’s not uncommon to hear about schools having mold and other IAQ problems,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Tight operating budgets in many districts often mean that preventive maintenance and repairs don’t always happen in a timely manner and mold only needs moisture to grow on many common building materials and furnishing. At LA Testing, we provide a complete array of sampling supplies and testing services to identify elevated levels of mold, allergens, asthma triggers and other indoor air quality pollutants. These services can help identify problems and once any issues have been dealt with, testing can help prove the problem has been properly remediated.”
To learn more about testing for mold or other IAQ issues, 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 substances. 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 ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, 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, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.