Huntington Beach, CA, June 7th, 2019
Recently, KGET broadcasted a report about the discovery of lead and asbestos in floor tiles in a building being converted into a police academy in Bakersfield, California. According to the station, the former restaurant was undergoing demolition and remodeling when the hazardous materials were found. In response, the city is skipping the normal bidding process to hire a company to have the materials safely removed as quickly as possible.
Anytime there is demolition or remodeling in an older builder there could be hazards present. Asbestos is frequently found in these situations because it was used in so many buildings constructed up until the late 1970s. It can be found in building materials ranging from insulation, roofing and siding to vinyl floor tiles, cement sheets and adhesives to name just a few of the many common asbestos-containing materials.
Lead is also a potential hazard due to its presence in lead-based paints, ceramics and other materials that were used for decades. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that there is no known safe level of lead exposure and that even low levels may cause lifelong health problems.”
“Exposure to asbestos fibers or lead can lead to serious health concerns, this is why there are regulations in place to help prevent people from coming into contact with these substances,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “To help identify potential asbestos and lead hazards, LA Testing offers analyses from building materials and air, dust, soil and surface samples. We also provide all of the sampling supplies needed, easy-to-use test kits and even carry a comprehensive line of personal protective equipment (PPE).”
To learn more about this or other occupational, environmental, air quality, 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, lead and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) concerns, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
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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.