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California Parents Concerned about Health Issues at Child Care Facilities

Garden Grove, CA – WEBWIRE

Last month, the Santa Cruz Sentinel published a story about daycare centers, preschools and concerns over the possible spread of infections.  The article discussed low vaccination rates of young children in Santa Clara County and across California and how this could result in health issues along with the spread of infections.
In addition to issues associated with parents vaccinating their children, another area of concern for many parents is the indoor air quality (IAQ) of their child care centers.  These facilities can often develop problems with indoor air quality because there are typically many children in a relatively small space.  In addition, sometimes there may not be the funds to properly maintain the building and often people may not understand the importance of healthy indoor air quality. 
“Poor indoor air quality can increase absenteeism, the spread of communicable diseases, trigger asthma and other respiratory issues, and cause uncomfortable conditions for both children and adults,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility.  “Children are especially vulnerable to air quality pollutants.  Common IAQ issues are often associated with particulates, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, lead, asbestos, pesticides, mold, bacteria, radon and allergens from plants, pets, insects and rodents. At LA Testing, we offer comprehensive laboratory services to identify materials, chemicals and biological pollutants and pathogens to ensure that children are not being exposed to potentially harmful substances.”  
LA Testing has sponsored an educational video about IAQ issues in child care facilities that can be seen at:
To learn more about indoor environmental quality testing services, 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, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.

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