Renovation Project Disturbs Asbestos-Containing Tile Mastic Causing Evacuation of Sheriff’s Office in California
LA Testing provides asbestos analysis, sampling supplies and test kits to help protect workers and the public from exposure risks.
Huntington Beach, CA, August 16th, 2019 The Orange County Register recently reported that dozens of deputies and administrative personnel had to be evacuated from a sheriff’s department in Orange County. The evacuation was the result of asbestos exposure fears that occurred during a carpet removal project. According to the paper, as contractors removed the carpeting, some of it was stuck to old tile found underneath. As some of the tiles became loose, old mastic used to hold down the tiles was exposed and aerosolized. An alert.......[Read More]
Protecting Workers in California from Wildfire Smoke Exposure Addressed in Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulation
LA Testing provides analytical services, air monitoring instruments, sampling supplies, test kits and respirators to assist in identifying and mitigating exposure risks to wildfire smoke and residues.
Huntington Beach, CA, August 14th, 2019 With the frequency and severity of wildfires in California increasing over the past several years, many of the state’s residents have been impacted. While some have tragically lost homes and businesses to wildfires, many others have had to deal with exposure to wildfire smoke, ash and residues that can travel great distances from the actual fire. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) issued a proposed emergency regulation earlier this year where they were.......[Read More]
Hailstorm Damages 55 Units at California Apartment Complex
LA Testing offers analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify indoor environmental quality concerns associated with all types of property damage.
Huntington Beach, CA, August 12th, 2019 May is generally considered to be the beginning of hailstorm season in the United States and it runs through September in most parts of the country. Within just the first few weeks of the start of the season this year, major hailstorms resulting in costly property damage, were reported in California and numerous other states. In mid-May, a strong hailstorm caused widespread damage to an apartment complex in Stockton, California. Hail caused water to back up on the complex roof which resulted in.......[Read More]
Asbestos Concerns Temporarily Close University Building in California
LA Testing offers analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify asbestos hazards from environmental samples and building materials to protect against exposure to this known carcinogen.
Huntington Beach, CA, August 6th, 2019 This past May, a university in California announced that out of an abundance of caution, one of the university’s halls had been closed until further notice. This meant that all events, finals and other activities in the building were suspended, and no access to offices or classrooms was allowed. According to the university, the temporary closure was put into effect the same day that a routine check of the building’s systems discovered the possible presence of disturbed asbestos. The.......[Read More]
California Department of Pesticide Regulation Moves to Ban the Use of Chlorpyrifos Pesticide
LA Testing provides industrial hygiene and environmental testing services to identify a wide range of pesticides and herbicides.
Huntington Beach, CA, August 1st, 2019 In 2015, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) designated chlorpyrifos (CPS) as a “restricted material” that requires a permit from a county agricultural commissioner for its application. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate pesticide that goes by a number of trade names and has been used on a variety of crops in California. In April of this year, the pesticide was formally listed as a “toxic air contaminant.” California law defines this listing as “an.......[Read More]
Safe Jewelry Act Clears California Senate Committee and Would Create Strictest Lead and Cadmium Limits in the Nation
LA Testing provides analytical services to test consumer products for lead, cadmium and other toxic heavy metals.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 25th, 2019 Earlier this year the California Senate Committee on Environmental Quality cleared the Safe Jewelry Act (SB 647). It would create the country’s strictest limits on cadmium and lead in jewelry if signed into law. The authors of the bill state that it would align California's lead and cadmium jewelry law with the current science and standards on the toxicity of lead and cadmium, which is significantly more advanced than when the state first passed a law regarding metal-containing jewelry more.......[Read More]
Multiple LAPD Officers Infected with MRSA
LA Testing offers environmental and surface testing services to identify MRSA and other microbial pathogens to help prevent infections and confirm disinfection procedures.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 23rd, 2019 In May, it was reported by multiple media outlets that three officers from a Los Angeles police department station contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly referred to as MRSA. MRSA is a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics called beta-lactams. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics, such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. MRSA infections are typically spread by having contact with someone’s skin.......[Read More]
Asbestos Concerns and Compliance Issues Halt Demolition Project in California
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify and monitor asbestos, lead and other potential exposure risks during demolition activities.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 17th, 2019 Demolition of a mobile home park in California was stopped earlier this year after a notice of violation was issued to the construction firm hired to carry out the project according to an article posted by The Signal. The article disclosed that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is considering penalties due to a lack of an asbestos survey and inspection at the worksite. The company also reportedly failed to notify SCAQMD in the required 10 working days prior to the.......[Read More]