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California’s Public Aquatic Venues Experience High Rate of Health and Safety Violations

LA Testing offers aquatic and air testing services to identify potential chemical and microbial exposure risks to protect workers and the public.

Huntington Beach, CA, June 28th, 2016   In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new information about thousands of public pools, hot tubs and aquatic venues that are closed each year due to health and safety violations.Inspection data was collected and reviewed from California and four other states. Researchers examined the data from 84,187 routine inspections of 48,632 public aquatic venues, including pools, hot tubs, water playgrounds and other places where people swim in treated water. Key findings.......[Read More] [All News]

Asbestos Removal Closes a California State University Library for the Summer

LA Testing offers analytical services and sampling supplies to identify asbestos to help ensure workers and the public are not exposed to this known carcinogen.

Huntington Beach, CA, June 23rd, 2016   Beginning in May, the main library at a California state university was closed to students and faculty as asbestos abatement activities began. The library will remain closed until August as the asbestos found above ceiling tiles is removed on the first floor, lower level and breezeway.Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was added to many products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance in the past. Most modern building materials used today do not contain asbestos........[Read More] [All News]

Multiple Salmonella Outbreaks in California Associated with Contact with Pet Turtles

LA Testing offers Salmonella and other environmental microbial testing services to identify pathogens to protect pet owners from exposure risks.

Huntington Beach, CA, June 20th, 2016   From January of last year through April of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have investigated four separate multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with small turtles. In each of the outbreaks, some of the victims have resided in California.A total of at least 133 people have been infected with dozens from the Golden State. A large portion of the infected individuals reported contact with small turtles. The CDC reports that contact with.......[Read More] [All News]

Mold Forces Bay Area Family to Vacate Million Dollar Rental Home

LA Testing offers mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to identify microbial and chemical contaminants in all types of properties.

Huntington Beach, CA, June 17th, 2016   In May, KTVU broadcasted a report about a family of six who discovered high levels of mold in their rental property in Danville, California. According to the report, the family had been living in the home for 15 months as their children began to develop a myriad of health issues ranging from wheezing and coughing to nosebleeds.The family had an inspector check the attic where mold was found growing on wood beams due to an apparent roof leak. Subsequent air tests found elevated levels of.......[Read More] [All News]

California Company Recalls Packaged Salads due to Salmonella Concerns

LA Testing provides food testing services to identify Salmonella and other microbial pathogens to help prevent foodborne illnesses and costly product recalls.

Garden Grove, CA, June 14th, 2016   Last month, a Fontana, California company issued a voluntary recall of thousands of packages of kale and edamame salad due to potential concerns over contamination from Salmonella. The announcement was posted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recall list by the company after routine product testing by a supplier of the kale used in the packaged salads revealed the presence of the bacteria.The packaged salads in question were shipped to a grocery store chains with locations in.......[Read More] [All News]

Repurposing Vacant LA Landmark Will Likely Involve Removing Hazardous Materials

LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality testing services and sampling supplies for building renovation, remodeling and demolition projects.

Garden Grove, CA, June 7th, 2016   Recently, multiple media outlets have discussed possible plans that the City of Los Angeles may have for the historic Lincoln Heights Jail. The almost 230,000 square foot building, originally constructed in the early 1930s, has not been used as a jail since the 1960s. Since then, the Art Deco structure has been used as a movie set and as home to an arts foundation, but in recent years has sat vacant and in need of repairs. According to several articles, possible uses for the historic building include.......[Read More] [All News]

Water Leak at California Middle School Temporarily Closes Kitchen

LA Testing offers mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to identify microbial and chemical contaminants in schools and other buildings.

Garden Grove, CA, May 25th, 2016   In April, Valley News published a report about the closure of a school kitchen at a middle school in Temecula, California. According to the article, the closure occurred after a water leak was discovered behind a sealed access panel in the kitchen area. The leak damaged building materials and the school district responded with a temporary closure of the area so that indoor environmental testing could be conducted along with repair work.When a leak goes unnoticed for even a short period of time, the.......[Read More] [All News]

Lead Poisoning Risks Greatest for Residents of San Francisco Living in Certain Areas

LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and consumer test kits to identify lead hazards and help prevent human exposure.

Garden Grove, CA, May 25th, 2016  Earlier in May, SFGATE published an article about areas within San Francisco where people are most likely to come into contact with lead exposure hazards. The article cites research conducted by the news magazine Vox that examined census tracks across the country and ranked them based on the risk of lead poisoning. The research indicates that of San Francisco’s 175 census tracks, 32 were determined to be in the highest lead risk category. This equates to approximately 18% of.......[Read More] [All News]