Workplace Ventilation in California to Optimize Indoor Air Quality during Cold Weather
LA Testing provides air quality and infection control testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instruments to help create ideal indoor conditions during the winter months.
Huntington Beach, CA, January 25, 2023
While many people think of California as a state with moderate temperatures, due to its geography and size, it is no stranger to temperature extremes. From a record high temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley to a record low of -45 degrees in Boca, Californians can experience a wide range of temperatures.
For those working during the winter months in frigid parts of the state, workplace ventilation is an important engineering control to create comfortable, productive and.......[Read More]
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Warns Parents of Lead Hazards in Multiple Recalled Products
LA Testing offers consumer product, environmental and material testing services for lead and other regulated substances to safeguard the public and to help prevent costly product recalls.
Huntington Beach, California, January 19, 2023 Last month, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) alerted parents and caregivers about the potential health risks associated with several recalled children’s products. The agency listed specific products ranging from cups made for toddlers to children’s clothing, toys and hairclips that had all been recently recalled due to containing lead at levels that exceed federal safety standards. Public Health warned:
Parents and caregivers of young.......[Read More]
Fungal Eye Infections and Protecting Californians from Contaminated Ophthalmic Products
LA Testing provides sterility and microbial testing services for consumer products, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and pharmaceuticals to protect consumers and to help California companies avoid costly product recalls.
Huntington Beach, California, January 17, 2023
While fungal infections of the eye are quite rare, when they do occur, they can be serious and even result in permanent vision loss or blindness. Anyone can get a fungal eye infection, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these infections are usually linked to an eye injury, particularly with plant material; eye surgery; chronic eye disease involving the surface of the eye; fungal bloodstream infections; wearing contact lenses; or exposure to.......[Read More]
Major Storms Cause Widespread Flooding and Property Damage in Northern California
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and building inspection tools to identify water damage, mold and other indoor environmental quality exposure risks following flood damage.
Huntington Beach, California, January 13, 2023
Heavy rains in Northern California during December and January have caused evacuations, flooding and power outages in many communities. Schools, businesses and countless homes have been inundated by floodwaters that have caused extensive property damage in areas. As residents and business owners begin the long process of cleaning up their properties and filing insurance claims, they need to be aware of the potential presence of microbial and chemical contaminants that may now be in.......[Read More]
National Radon Action Month and Testing Homes and Buildings throughout California
LA Testing offers radon and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring instruments to identify potential exposure hazards in homes, schools and other buildings.
Huntington Beach, California, January 6, 2023
January is recognized as National Radon Action Month and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) states that the cold winter months are the best time of year to test for this odorless and colorless gas. The agency also reports that there is no known safe level of exposure to radon since lung cancer can result from low exposures to it. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is released in rock, soil and water. In homes and other buildings, it can accumulate to.......[Read More]
New EPA Lead-Safe Work Practice Resources Available to California Home Renovation DIYers
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate lead exposure hazards in homes, daycare centers, schools and work environments throughout California.
Huntington Beach, California, December 30, 2022
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had launched the Renovation Lead-Safe Media Kit to educate the public and prevent lead exposure when performing and promoting renovation, repair and painting (RRP) projects on homes built before 1978. The new media kit contains:
Introductory Text: A brief overview that can be shared with any audience of the health risks of lead exposure and ways to stay lead-safe while renovating.
Mold in Dormitories a Concern for Some University Students in California
LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments and building inspection tools to help identify mold and other indoor environmental quality issues.
Huntington Beach, California, December 23, 2022
Last month, a student newspaper at a public university in Los Angeles County published a story about mold exposure concerns for some students living in campus dormitories. According to the article, a backlog of work orders have recently been submitted by dorm residents requesting the removal of mold from the air ventilation systems in their rooms. Mold can begin to grow in as short as 48 hours on many building materials when there is enough moisture or humidity levels are elevated........[Read More]
Produce Company in California Recalls Imported Enoki Mushrooms due to Potential Listeria Contamination
LA Testing provides laboratory services to identify Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens to help prevent illnesses and costly product recalls.
Huntington Beach, California, December 21, 2022
Last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about the recall of packaged enoki mushrooms that were imported from Korea by a produce company in Vernon, California. The mushrooms were distributed nationwide to distributors and retail stores and have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The potential for bacterial contamination was discovered after a retail sample was collected and analyzed by the Michigan Department of.......[Read More]