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CDE Elite Certification

Category Press Release
Publish Date 12/5/2017
Author Alexandra Gentile
Title Huntington Beach Testing Laboratory Adds CDC ELITE Certification for Legionella Testing
Introduction LA Testing recognizes its Huntington Beach laboratory for CDC ELITE Certification.

Huntington Beach, CA, December 5th, 2017

LA Testing is pleased to announce that its Huntington Beach laboratory is now CDC ELITE certified for Legionella analysis. LA Testing’s parent company, EMSL Analytical, Inc., now has 20 CDC ELITE certified laboratories within its network spanning across the United States and Canada. In addition, this marks EMSL and LA Testing’s third certified Legionella laboratory in the state of California.

Legionella can cause a very serious form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease, which often has long-term health effects such as cognitive decline and debilitating fatigue long after the patient is released from the hospital. Legionella can also cause a less serious flu-like illness known as Pontiac Fever.

“LA Testing continues to work towards attaining certifications necessary to provide quality analysis in the state of California and surrounding areas,” said Christopher Goulah, Ph.D., Legionella Technical Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. and LA Testing. “We take great pride in the diligence of our three labs in earning these essential interim certifications for Legionella in the state of California.”

Along with Legionella testing, LA Testing’s Huntington Beach laboratory offers asbestos and microbiology testing services. The laboratory is certified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) for fungal testing of air, bulk and surface samples through the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP). The laboratory is an AIHA-LAP, LLC Environmental Microbiology Proficiency Analytical Testing (EMPAT) participant for fungi and Industrial Hygiene Proficiency Analytical Testing (IHPAT) participant for asbestos, metals, silica, organics, 3M diffusive sampler, formaldehyde and beryllium.

In addition, LA Testing’s Huntington Beach laboratory is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for bulk and airborne asbestos analysis. The laboratory is accredited by the California State Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program for lead, TCLP, pH and bulk asbestos as well as the State of Hawaii Department of Health for bulk asbestos.

To learn more about Legionella and our testing services, please visit LA Testing also supplies free Legionella pocket guides, which provides valuable information about the bacteria as well as sampling techniques. To request a free copy, please click here.

For service questions, please contact Christopher Goulah, Ph.D., for expert information at 716-651-0030 extension 1407. To view a complete list of laboratory locations within EMSL’s network along with accreditations and capabilities, please visit or To learn more, please email 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 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.

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