Industrial Hygiene and Hydrofracking Fluids Expert Specific to Chemical Exposure, IAQ, Lab Safety, and Volatile Organic Compounds

Technical Consultant #2025


Expertise

  • Chemical handling and chemical exposure assessments.
  • Risk assessment- qualitative and quantitative.
  • Develop occupational exposure limits and material safety data sheets (MSDSs)
  • Chemical exposure assessments.
  • General and occupational toxicology.
  • Hydrofracking, hydrofracturing- knowledge of alleged health effects, studies, toxicology of HF fluid and produced water constituents.
  • Laboratory safety; chemical issues and biological issues.
  • Indoor air quality studies.
  • Respirators and respiratory protection.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hazard communication.

Expert Witness Experience

Industrial Hygiene Expert

  • Multiple diacetyl cases, alleged bronchiolitis obliterans.
  • Aromatic amines, several alleged cases of bladder cancer due to exposure.
  • Benzene, acute myelocytic leukemia (AML) due to alleged exposure.
  • Lead, birth defects alleged to be due to mother's occupational exposure.
  • Asbestos, malignant mesothelioma allegedly due to exposure.
  • Volatile organic compounds from refinery, alleged community illnesses.
  • Cell phone radiation, alleged increase in brain tumors, (litigation support).

Experience

Undisclosed Company, President and Owner, 1992 - Present

  • Counsel in occupational and environmental safety consulting services, focused on identifying and implementing cost effective solutions to EHS issues in the environment, workplace and consumer areas.
  • Work provides solutions resulting in enhanced health and safety, improvements in productivity, and excellent return on investment. Industrial hygiene, toxicology, exposure assessment skills are routinely utilized.
  • Provided expert witness or litigation support services in several toxic tort cases involving lead, aromatic amines, petrochemicals, diisocyanates, and diacetyl (butter flavoring).
  • Experience, conscientiousness, innovative approaches to science/mathematics and excellent research led attorneys to successful resolution of cases.
  • Performed numerous quantitative risk assessments for compounds present in or outgassing from consumer products in response to California Prop 65 requirements.
  • Other consumer product work included identifying likely constituents responsible for severe contact dermatitis in infants using a particular infant baby seat, development of standard operating procedures for product testing for VOC emissions, heavy metals and antimicrobial efficacy.
  • Consultant to major pharmaceutical and consumer product company. Developed occupational exposure limit monographs for active pharmaceutical ingredients and chemical intermediates.
  • Consultant to major pharmaceutical company.
  • Toxicology and industrial hygiene skills used to assist in development of several hundred MSDSs primarily for APIs and drug intermediates.
  • Assisted in review of contract laboratory in vitro and in vivo toxicology reports and assignment of APIs to proper exposure control bands.
  • Technical Project Manager for 5-U.S. DOE laboratory safety projects. Enhanced employee safety by identifying tasks where chemical exposures could result in adverse health effects; assisted in building code issues arising from renovations to science buildings onsite.
  • Chemical consultant to A&E firm tasked with renovations to Smithsonian buildings and laboratories.
  • Provided expert witness or litigation support services in several toxic tort cases involving lead, aromatic amines, petrochemicals, diisocyanates, and diacetyl (butter flavoring).
  • Developed several compound profiles including toxicology, physical/chemical characteristics for constituents in hydrofracking fluids.
  • Technical Project Manager for multiple university health and safety projects.
  • Improved laboratory safety through identification of inadequate chemical storage practices in numerous laboratories; developed SOPs primarily for vivarium employees involved in handling of MPTP (and metabolites), tetanus toxin, and shigella toxin.
  • The university EHS Department was very satisfied with our discoveries and the quality of our work.
  • As the Laboratory Safety and Industrial Hygienist on a corporate audit team, performed thorough audits of more than 10 research and development and manufacturing facilities for a major biotech company. The audit reports and implementation of recommendations resulted in consistent EHS practices throughout these facilities and eventual implementation of an EHS management system.
  • Conducted air sampling for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and developed reports including air sampling results, PPE, respirator use and applicable recommendations.
  • Provided numerous respirators, PPE and hazard communication training courses for pharmaceutical and chemical companies. Implemented respirator protection program using powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) for GMP veterinary research and development facility handling APIs.

ENVIRON Corporation, Princeton, NJ, Senior Consultant, 1990 - 1992

  • As part of risk assessment team, performed quantitative risk assessments on several PCB congeners (occupational setting) and lead exposure (residential setting) showing minimal risk and resulting in substantial savings to our clients.
  • Consulting expert providing litigation support to several oil companies responding to U.S. EPA site remediation plan.
  • Specific industrial hygiene/toxicology expertise was critical to assessing risk associated with exposure to elevated sulfur dioxide levels and heat stress concern regarding work in hot environment with workers in Level A personal protection.
  • Professional input on these matters saved the oil companies money and led to a successful remediation without adverse health events.
  • Part of a due diligence team investigating workforce's electroplating operations and chemical handling procedures leading to recommendations to enhance safety.
  • This information along with substantial environmental data was used by client to better determine potential liabilities in purchase of precision machining business.

ICF Consulting, Edison, NJ, Senior Consultant, 1986 - 1990

SARA, (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Law) Coordinator- EPA, 1986 - 1988

  • Developed and provided numerous presentations to public and industry groups on the SARA,(Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act) Title III provisions.
  • These outreach efforts were greatly appreciated by EPA Region III clients and the public resulting in an enhanced understanding by the public of threats relating to chemical use and storage in the immediate neighborhoods and improved community safety.

Regional Health and Safety Manager, 1988 - 1990

  • Designed, conducted, and prepared reports based on ambient air monitoring for lead during a large lead removal project and conducted compound specific monitoring for several EPA Removal Actions on Superfund sites.
  • Additionally, development of numerous health and safety plans and assistance with their implementation resulted in no adverse health or safety events for 25-field scientists in 2-year period.

Biospherics Inc., Rockville, MD, Associate Consultant, 1985 - 1986

  • As Associate Consultant, oversaw numerous asbestos abatement projects and worked as part of a team on several high visibility Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) projects at the Phillips Art Gallery, U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Pentagon and Social Security Administration Building.
  • Several of these studies identified problem conditions and recommended corrective actions.
  • The resolution of the issues led to increased employee productivity and an improved relationship between management and employees.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist - Diplomat, American Board of Industrial Hygiene
  • Certified Safety Professional - Diplomat, Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Associate Member, Society of Toxicology.
  • Full Member, Mid Atlantic Section, Society of Toxicology.
  • Full Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
  • Member, AIHA Laboratory Health and Safety Committee.
  • Associate. Director, Director and Instructor of New Jersey AIHA Summer Review Course.
  • Appointed Member, New Jersey State Industrial Safety Council.

Publications

  • Author and Co-Author of numerous publications for: Conferences, peer reviewed journals, scientific papers, and training text.

Education

  • Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • MPH Occupational Health-IH, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • M.S. Toxicology-Environmental Sciences, UTH, Science Center, Public Health, Houston, TX
  • B.A. Biology, Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Ithaca, NY
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