Wildfire Season in California Brings Annual Threat of Property Damage, Destruction and Air Quality Concerns
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring instruments to identify air pollution hazards and exposure risks to smoke residues and odors inside of damaged properties.
Huntington Beach, CA, July 8th, 2020
Wildfire season has arrived and according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the state experienced its deadliest and most destructive wildfires as recently as 2017 and 2018. For 2019, over 259,000 acres are estimated to have burned in 7,860 wildfires in just California. There were three fatalities and 732 structures were damaged or destroyed. Many more buildings, often miles from actual wildfires, were impacted by smoke infiltration that left behind damaging odors.......[Read More]
Identifying Mold Exposure Risks in California Work Environments
LA Testing offers laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to identify mold and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues.
Huntington Beach, CA, June 17th, 2020
As buildings across California were quickly shut down earlier this year due to COVID-19 closures, maintenance functions, routine building inspections, and controlling moisture from HVAC systems and weather-related events didn’t take place in some facilities. Now, as residents continue to return to work, some are encountering mold and moisture issues in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does enforce numerous standards that limit the amount of hazardous.......[Read More]
California Home Buyers Advised to Conduct Radon Tests
LA Testing offers radon and other indoor environmental quality laboratory testing services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify exposure risks in homes, schools, offices and other buildings.
Huntington Beach, CA, June 10th, 2020
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) states that in a real estate transaction, a home’s radon level is information all parties should know. This is due to the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States and is believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer. For home buyers, the EPA recommends they know what the indoor radon level is in any home that is being.......[Read More]
The Importance of Ventilation in California Homes to Manage Indoor Pollutant Levels
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instruments to identify indoor environmental quality (IEQ) concerns.
Huntington Beach, CA, June 8th, 2020
In many circumstances, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort issues when too little outdoor air enters a home. These may include mold, bacteria, tobacco smoke, cleaning chemicals, formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), radon, allergens, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other pollutants. One approach to lowering the concentration of these indoor air pollutants is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming into the home. Outdoor air enters and.......[Read More]
Asbestos-Containing Materials in California Homes, Schools and Businesses
LA Testing provides asbestos analysis, sampling supplies, test kits and personal protective equipment.
Huntington Beach, CA, June 5th, 2020
In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule banning most asbestos-containing products in the United States. However; in 1991, the rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a result, most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing or distribution in commerce for most of the asbestos-containing product categories originally covered in the 1989 final rule was overturned. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that that was used in many.......[Read More]
Lead-Based Paint Violations in San Diego Result in Costly EPA Settlement for Company
LA Testing provides industrial hygiene and environmental testing services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify lead hazards and other exposure risks.
Huntington Beach, CA, June 1st, 2020
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a settlement with a company for failing to comply with federal lead-based paint requirements. The Texas-based firm will pay over $48,000 in penalties for residential remodeling work done in San Diego, California. According to the EPA notice, the subcontractors hired to perform the work failed to comply with the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, which requires them to take steps to protect the public from exposure to lead (Pb)........[Read More]
Dangers Lurk for California Homebuyers and Renters Unknowingly Moving into Properties Once Used to Make Methamphetamine
LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify hazardous residues and other chemical exposure risks left behind after a property was used to make clandestine meth.
Huntington Beach, CA, May 19th, 2020
Earlier this year, a traffic stop in a California county led to the eventual discovery of hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and two locations used to make clandestine methamphetamine. One was operating out of a residence and the other in a vacant home in the area. Unfortunately, cases like this have been occurring throughout California for decades in both owner occupied homes as well as in rental properties and vacant residences. For landlords and property owners in the state, discovering the.......[Read More]
Surface Testing to Protect Children and Adults in California from Impetigo
LA Testing offers environmental surface testing analysis for impetigo and other bacteria that lead to infections in humans.
Huntington Beach, CA, May 18th, 2020
Impetigo is a common and highly contagious type of skin infection. It is mainly a concern for young children, but can also impact others. Impetigo is easily spread and is typically caused by Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The condition is fairly common in preschool and school-age children. It can also occur anywhere there are crowded conditions and participation in skin-to-skin contact activities, such as sports. In fact, the Food.......[Read More]