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Category Press Release
Publish Date 3/21/2024
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Cal State University Students and Faculty Express Concerns over Mold and Asbestos
Introduction LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments, building inspection tools and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure risks to mold, asbestos, lead and other substances.

Huntington Beach, California, March 21, 2024

In late February, multiple media outlets reported on students and faculty at California State University, Los Angeles protesting in front of one of the busiest buildings on campus. The protests, outside of Martin Luther King Memorial Hall, were triggered after reports of mold in part of the building and asbestos in at least one office. The university also recently shared it was testing the building for lead.

Exposure to mold, asbestos or lead can be a health concern for anyone. 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. Anyone exposed to high levels of mold may experience a myriad of health issues. This is due to the fact that mold can produce allergens, respiratory irritants and in some cases, toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Exposure to mold can even trigger an asthma attack in some people with the condition.

Asbestos is a commercial name given to a variety of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals. Because these minerals possess high tensile strength, flexibility, resistance to chemical and thermal degradation, and electrical resistance, they were used for decades in thousands of commercial products. Unfortunately, many of these products included building materials such as insulation, flooring, wallboard and fireproofing materials. Many of these materials can still be found in schools, universities, homes and other buildings.

“It’s not uncommon for older buildings in California to have asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paints,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “If there have been moisture or humidity problems in the past, mold is also often found. At LA Testing, our California laboratories offer testing services for mold, lead, asbestos and many other potential exposure hazards. We also provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, building inspection tools, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment. These resources help to keep building occupants safe, and businesses and institutions in compliance with health and safety regulations.”

To learn more about indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services, or for access to building inspection tools and air monitoring instruments, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794. To order IEQ test kits, visit

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for 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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