Huntington Beach, CA, September 14th, 2018
Recently, KRCR broadcasted a report about the Tehama County Library building that is scheduled to be converted into a 64 bed jail facility for the Northern California County. According to the news story, before the conversion of the aging facility can take place, asbestos must be remediated from the building.
Discovering asbestos during renovation projects that take place in buildings constructed up until a few decades ago is quite common. Asbestos containing-materials were used in thousands of products and building materials over decades. In fact, a partial list of just a few of these building products is provide by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and includes: Cement Pipes, Cement Wallboard, Cement Siding, Asphalt Floor Tile, Vinyl Floor Tile, Vinyl Sheet Flooring, Flooring Backing, Construction Mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.), Acoustical Plaster, Decorative Plaster, Textured Paints/Coatings, Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels, Spray-Applied Insulation, Blown-in Insulation, Fireproofing Materials, Taping Compounds (thermal), Packing Materials (for wall/floor penetrations), High Temperature Gaskets, Laboratory Hoods/Table Tops, Laboratory Gloves, Fire Blankets, Fire Curtains, Elevator Equipment Panels, Elevator Brake Shoes, HVAC Duct Insulation, Boiler Insulation, Breaching Insulation, Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections, Cooling Towers, Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell, block, etc.), Heating and Electrical Ducts, Electrical Panel Partitions, Electrical Cloth, Electric Wiring Insulation, Chalkboards, Roofing Shingles, Roofing Felt, Roll Roofing, Roof Patching Cement, Base Flashing, Thermal Paper Products, Fire Doors, Caulking/Putties, Adhesives, Wallboard, Joint Compounds, Vinyl Wall Coverings and Spackling Compounds.
“Asbestos was not just used in commercial and institutional properties,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Many people have asbestos in their homes and have no idea that it is present. As these materials age they often become friable and a potential hazard. Any renovation, remodeling and demolition projects could also create exposure risks. Residents of California that are concerned about potential exposure to asbestos at work, home or school can turn to the environmental professionals at LA Testing. We have multiple laboratories across the state that offer asbestos testing services and all of the sampling supplies needed. LA Testing even provides easy-to-use test kits for asbestos and other commonly encountered indoor hazards, including lead, mold and radon.”
To learn more about asbestos or other indoor environmental quality (IEQ), occupational, health and safety 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 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.