Expertise DescriptionI have more than 45 years experience in the field of Chemical Engineering with expertise in environmental best practices, environmental mitigation, employee safety issues, chemical processes and processing equipment issues. I have additional knowledge in crisis strategy / communications, assessing industrial accidents such as an unanticipated spill, and assessing the possible requirements for wastewater treatment and other issues. That history and skill allows me to review and mitigate malfunctioning environmental control and water purification systems, recommend precious metal recovery systems, define the need for adequate secondary containment, specify energy saving methods, review environmental permitting and scheduling, environmental survey, and to evaluate US patents. I evaluate proper equipment usage; drainage related facilities, chemical handling, methods for applying appropriate protective floor coatings where necessary and evaluate plumbing and structural supports, and routine and infrequent maintenance procedures. I have over 40 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: wrongful death, hazardous materials civil litigation, determination of cause and its affect in sewer use, and wastewater treatment system violations.
My professional experience includes consulting work in the chemical engineering industry.
My Massachusetts Professional Engineer’s license is current. My previous responsibility included being responsible for the manufacturing of process equipment that by itself, and in use by our clients, had to comply with all relevant OSHA standards at that time. This includes the use of approved and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as ear & face protection. I have been retained to certify, to OSHA standards, certain decontamination protocols.
I advise clients on interpreting and assessing a client’s compliance with current & previous Federal OSHA standards and Virginia State Plan for Occupational Safety and Health requirements (as well as Virginia’s Voluntary Guidance on machinery). Additional sources are used when necessary such as interpreting OSHA issued compliance directives for specific questions, reviewing relevant Chemical Safety Board & Hazard Investigation Board findings relative to a case, and reviewing the documentation of training activities for compliance purposes. Generally speaking, a supplier of equipment, like a shredder, should supply the purchaser of that equipment with their guidance to comply with OSHA on normal, infrequent, and any unexpected operating conditions.
Plans must be developed by the equipment owner to safely implement periodic and infrequent maintenance or equipment changes and this should be jointly approved with a contractor retained to perform the work.
I authored articles that were peer reviewed and published in professional journals, chaired a national OSHA committee for a professional society, authored a peer reviewed 13-topic training manual for a 3-day intensive training course, and organized employee safety conferences for a national organization that included presentations by personnel from OSHA headquarters and included appropriate federal and state health and safety officials. I have organized employee training and education programs and can assess the responsibilities of personnel to meet the newest HAZCOM regulations.
I assess segregated storage areas, with fire prevention objectives, and the proper labeling at each storage section specifying incompatible materials, request updated MSDS or the more current SDS documentation, and review spill prevention plans, environmental and safety risk response plans.
|M.S.||Chemical Engineering||Northeastern University||Boston|
|Registered Professional Chemical Engineer: MA|
Awards & Affiliation
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases