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Water Main Break Causes Property Damage & Microbial Concerns in Los Angeles

LA Testing offers mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to identify property damage and microbial contaminants following water damage.

South Pasadena, CA, October 21st, 2016  Last month, a local news station in Los Angeles broadcasted a report about a water main break in Los Angeles. Flooding occurred in an area with a number of businesses and several reportedly sustained varying degrees of water damage before emergency responders were able to shut off the water and divert the flow.Due to the aging water infrastructure in many parts of Los Angeles, the city is no stranger to water main breaks. These events often damage properties with water entering homes and.......[Read More] [All News]

New Report has California Residents Concerned over Hexavalent Chromium in Water Supplies

LA Testing provides analytical services and testing supplies to identify hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) and other industrial contaminants.

Huntington Beach, CA, October 19th, 2016  A new report issued by the Environmental Working Group made national headlines last month. The report found what the group believes to be potentially dangerous levels of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) in the tap water of 218 million Americans.The report indicates that hexavalent chromium was present at or above 0.03 parts per billion (ppb) in 75% of water samples taken between 2013 and 2015 by local water utilities. It was also discovered that seven million Americans have tap water with.......[Read More] [All News]

Mycobacterium Infections Associated with Dental Clinic in Anaheim

LA Testing offers analytical services and sampling supplies to identify microbial contaminants to protect the public from exposure risks.

South Pasadena, CA, October 10th, 2016  Recently, the Orange County Health Care Agency reported that 22 children have developed progressive oral cellulitis consistent with Mycobacterium abscessus infections. The children came down with the infections following dental pulpotomy procedures that took place at a dental clinic in Anaheim.According to the agency, “Initial testing indicates that the facility’s on-site water system was the apparent source of infection. This water system is no longer being used for.......[Read More] [All News]

Downtown Los Angeles Businesses Damaged By Smoke and Water

LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify smoke residues, water damage and mold growth following property damage.

South Pasadena, CA, October 5th, 2016  Last month, a fire in downtown Los Angeles took over 150 firefighters several hours to extinguish. The fire occurred in a smoking paraphernalia business located in a two-story building. It completely destroyed the structure that housed the business and resulted in nearby buildings being yellow-tagged due to property damage.The damage to neighboring businesses was extensive from the extreme heat, smoke infiltration and water used to put out the flames. Large building fires like these.......[Read More] [All News]

Judge Rules on PCBs Removal Schedule at a Southern California School District

LA Testing provides analytical services and sampling supplies to identify polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

South Pasadena, CA, September 28th, 2016  In early September, it was announced that a decision had been handed down by a U.S. District Court Judge regarding an ongoing lawsuit by public health advocates and parents against a Southern California school district. The lawsuit resulted after the discovery of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) in the caulks at several of the district’s schools. The case had previously made national headlines when a well-known supermodel had her children stop attending one of the schools due to health.......[Read More] [All News]

1-Bromopropane Now Listed as a Known Carcinogen to the State of California

LA Testing provides analytical services to protect the public from hazardous substances and help businesses comply with health and safety regulations.

Huntington Beach, CA, September 23rd, 2016  In August, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added 1-bromopropane (CAS No. 106-94-5) to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of Proposition 65. The listing of 1-bromopropane (1-BP) was based on formal identification by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) that the chemical causes cancer. 1-BP is a solvent that is used in degreasing, dry cleaning, spray adhesives and aerosol solvents. The Occupational Health and Safety.......[Read More] [All News]

California Residents and Workers Learn about Exposure Risks to Isocyanates

LA Testing provides analytical services to identify the presence of isocyanates from occupational, indoor and environmental samples.

Huntington Beach, CA, September 16th, 2016  Chemicals known as isocyanates are powerful irritants to the mucous membranes of the eyes, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tracts. Workers in a number of industries throughout California can be exposed to isocyanates as they are raw materials in the production of polyurethane products.The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that isocyanates are widely used in the manufacturing of flexible and rigid foams, fibers, elastomers, and coatings such as.......[Read More] [All News]

Lighting Project at California School District Leads to Lawsuit over Asbestos Contamination

LA Testing provides analytical services to help protect the public and workers from exposure risks to asbestos and other hazardous materials.

Huntington Beach, CA, September 14th, 2016  Last month, the Whittier Daily News published a story a school district filing a multimillion dollar lawsuit against two companies. The companies were hired in 2015 as part of a project to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting in three of the district’s schools. The project reportedly came to a quick end when the school district’s hazardous materials coordinator feared that asbestos from insulation that was disturbed by the contractors was causing contamination. A subsequent.......[Read More] [All News]