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Category Press Release
Publish Date 7/17/2019
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Asbestos Concerns and Compliance Issues Halt Demolition Project in California
Introduction 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 demolition project’s start.

Rule 1403, adopted by SCAQMD back in 1989, specifies work practice requirements to limit asbestos emissions from building demolition and renovation activities, including the removal and associated disturbance of asbestos-containing materials (ACM). The requirements for demolition and renovation activities include asbestos surveying, notification, ACM removal procedures and time schedules, ACM handling and clean-up procedures, storage, and disposal and landfilling requirements for asbestos-containing waste materials (ACWM). All operators are required to maintain records, including waste shipment records, and are also required to use appropriate warning labels, signs and markings.

“This rule is applicable to owners and operators of companies or entities involved with demolition or renovation activities,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “A facility survey is required to identify the presence of asbestos prior to any demolition or renovation activity. It includes the inspection, identification and quantification of all friable, and Class I and Class II non-friable asbestos-containing materials.”

In California, property owners and companies involved with demolition, renovation, construction and inspections can turn to the asbestos testing experts at LA Testing. They provide laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and air monitoring instruments. In addition to asbestos analysis, LA Testing also offers laboratory services for lead, PCBs and other potential hazards often associated with demolition and renovation projects.

To learn more about this or other building science, environmental, air quality, health and safety testing services and products, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794.

About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, 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, San Diego and Ontario.

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