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Category Press Release
Publish Date 11/2/2023
Author Paul Cochrane
Title National COPD Awareness Month and Resources to Optimize Indoor Conditions in California
Introduction LA Testing provides environmental and industrial hygiene laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring instruments to detect and mitigate exposure risks to airborne pollutants and pathogens.

Huntington Beach, CA, November 2, 2023

Almost 1,400,000 people in California have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Across the entire nation, nearly 16 million adults have the serious lung disease. Millions more have it, but have not been diagnosed and are not being treated cautions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


COPD refers to a group of diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, which cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. Common symptoms of the disease that people often mistake as normal signs of aging include wheezing, shortness of breath, ongoing cough, chest tightness or a combination of all. While cigarette smoke is a leading cause of COPD, CDC warns that exposure to air pollutants in the home and workplace, genetic factors, and respiratory infections also play a role.


“November is National COPD Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about ways to prevent and manage the condition,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “In California, LA Testing’s laboratories offer air and dust testing for many of the common indoor environmental quality (IEQ) pollutants, irritants and allergens that may exacerbate COPD and other respiratory conditions. These include dust mites, pet dander, mold, bacteria, pollen, perfumes, scented products, cleaning chemicals, smoke, dusty conditions, and outdoor pollution that infiltrates a home or business.”


LA Testing also offers comprehensive industrial hygiene laboratory services to detect a wide range of industrial chemicals and microbial exposure risks. They even provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment.


Several years back, LA Testing sponsored an educational video about National COPD Awareness Month that can still be seen at:


To learn more about indoor environmental quality or industrial hygiene testing services, sampling supplies or monitoring instruments, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794. To access IEQ test kits, visit


About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for food, consumer product, environmental and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, bacteria, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC Elite, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.

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