Huntington Beach, CA, November 1st, 2017
Last month, the Daily Bruin published a report about approximately 500 students having to move from their on-campus residential hall to another building. According to the article, this was the result of multiple reports of mold in rooms and student complaints of health issues.
Exposure to elevated levels of mold can cause a wide variety of health concerns. Mold is a known allergen and common asthma trigger for some people with the condition. It is also a frequent respiratory irritant. For people with a weakened or suppressed immune system, some types of mold found in water damaged buildings can even cause opportunistic infections.
“The article in the Daily Bruin states that housing staff on campus originally thought the mold contamination was limited, but this can be difficult to determine unless a thorough inspection takes place and tests are taken from multiple locations in a large dormitory,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “This is due to the fact that mold often grows in areas that are out-of-sight that have suffered water damage or elevated humidity levels. Mold growing in a wall cavity for example, can still impact the air on the other side of the wall since microscopic spores can travel through small openings. Mold can also sometimes spread through a building’s HVAC system impacting large areas some distance from the actual contamination.”
To help identify mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) issues in dorms and other types of buildings, LA Testing offers analytical services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits. If test results indicate an issue, corrective actions can then be put in place to eliminate or mitigate exposure concerns for people who live, work or spend time in areas with mold contamination issues.
To learn more about mold, IAQ or other environmental, occupational, health and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to indoor environmental 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 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, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.