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Category Press Release
Publish Date 5/21/2019
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Former Camp Manager Files Claim of Alleged Negligence Involving Asbestos in California
Introduction LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies and test kits to help protect the public and workers from exposure risks to asbestos and other hazardous materials.

Huntington Beach, CA, May 21st, 2019

Recently, The Daily Californian published an article about a former manager of wilderness camp operated by a city in Northern California that has filed a lawsuit against the municipality’s Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department. According to the article, the plaintiff claims negligence and a willful failure to warn against asbestos exposure and dangerous conditions of public property. The former camp manager alleges that when he brought concerns associated with asbestos in a cabin at the camp to his supervisors, his warnings were not handled properly.

Asbestos can still be found on the interior and exterior of many buildings and homes that were constructed up until the late 1970s. Asbestos was added to numerous building materials to increase the strength and durability of products and to provide insulating and fireproofing properties. A few of the many materials that may contain asbestos include fireproofing materials; attic and wall insulation; vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring; adhesives; roofing and siding shingles; textured paint and patching compounds; and hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos materials or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.

“Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “In some cases, these conditions may not show up for many years after exposure. This is why there are numerous rules and regulations in place meant to protect workers and the public from exposure risks.”

Unless a material is labeled as containing asbestos, which rarely is the case, the only way to know if it or dust in a building contains asbestos is to have it tested. The asbestos experts at LA Testing offer comprehensive laboratory services, all of the sampling supplies needed and easy-to-use test kits to identify asbestos from building materials and from air, dust, soil and other types of samples. They have even sponsored an educational video about malignant mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/lEyopPp9Ck4.

To learn more about asbestos or other indoor air quality (IAQ), environmental, occupational, health and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. To access test kits for asbestos and other indoor environmental quality concerns, 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.

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