Water Damage and Mold Concerns for Students Living in a Dormitory in San Diego
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 20th, 2020 A news broadcast from KGTV recently highlighted problems some students were facing in their dormitory in San Diego at the end of last semester. Heavy rains in November caused flooding and leaks that resulted in over 40 students having to be relocated after their rooms were damaged. According to their report, students complained of water coming through ceilings and around windows. The students also shared stories of humid conditions and moldy smells, including on their clothes that were stored in.......[Read More]
Children in Parts of Los Angeles County Still Exposed to Significant Lead Hazards
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 14th, 2020 The Los Angeles Times recently published an article about parts of South Los Angeles and exposure risks to lead that are still causing elevated lead levels in the blood of too many children. The report specifically mentions problems due to lead-based paints that could be in countless homes constructed and renovated before the ban on these paints that took effect in 1978. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if a home was built before 1978 there is a good chance it has.......[Read More]
Work-Related Asthma and Exposure to Cleaning Chemicals in California
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 12th, 2020 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has found that nearly 10% of all work-related asthma cases are caused by exposure to cleaning products. The agency goes on to report that most cases involve new asthma that started only after an employee began work. About 20% of these workers used cleaning products directly, such as janitors, and the other 80% attributed their asthma symptoms to cleaning products used nearby. Work-related asthma, also known as occupational asthma, results from.......[Read More]
Study Finds Elevated Levels of Carbon Dioxide in California Classrooms
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 10th, 2020 In the January issue of Building and Environment, researchers from UC Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory published a study that examined carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in schools in California. The study focused on 104 recently retrofitted classrooms from 11 schools with new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. The schools were located in both large and small school districts and from different parts of the state. Carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless gas that.......[Read More]
Materials in California Homes and Buildings May Still Contain PCBs
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 3rd, 2020 Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) belong to a broad family of man-made organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. PCBs were domestically manufactured from 1929 until manufacturing was banned in 1979. The ban was implemented due to environmental and human health concerns. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that although no longer commercially produced in this country, PCBs may be present in products and materials produced before their ban. The agency is concerned.......[Read More]
New Legislation Requires CDPH to Quickly Notify Cal/OSHA of Workers With Elevated Blood Lead Levels
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South Pasadena, CA, January 29th, 2020 Beginning on the first day of this year, Assembly Bill No. 35 requires the California Department of Public Health's Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) to notify Cal/OSHA within 5 business days when it identifies a workplace where a worker has a blood lead level of 20 micrograms per deciliter or higher. Cal/OSHA is then required to open an enforcement investigation within 3 business days. As stated by OLPPP, lead poisoning continues to be a major problem in the U.S. There are many.......[Read More]
Library in California Reopens After 2018 Fire Causes Extensive Water and Smoke Damage and the Need to Address Asbestos
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies, test kits and inspection tools to identify water damage, smoke residues, odors, asbestos, lead, mold and other common exposure risks following a fire.
South Pasadena, CA, January 28th, 2020 Late last year, the Contra Costa County Library announced the reopening of their El Sobrante location after the library had been closed for almost two years. Back in early 2018, a fire caused extensive smoke and water damage. The building, originally constructed in the early 1960s, was gutted down to its studs and rebuilt into a modern library. According to an article in the East Bay Times, an asbestos abatement was also required during the rebuilding efforts in the course of reopening. This is not.......[Read More]
Romaine Lettuce From a California Vegetable Growing Region Was the Focus of a CDC Food Safety Alert
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South Pasadena, CA, January 22nd, 2020 Just a week before the start of the Thanksgiving holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Food Safety Alert advising retailers not to sell and consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region until authorities had more information. According to the agency, this included all types of romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas area, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and.......[Read More]