Expertise DescriptionI have over 30 years experience in industrial hygiene and environmental assessment issues. My expertise includes identifying, evaluating and controlling hazardous conditions in varied industrial and non-industrial environments. I also have experience in providing technical direction during projects involving industrial hygiene (indoor air quality, noise and noise control), safety engineering (hazardous material handling/storage, personal protective equipment), hazard assessment (asbestos, petroleum hydrocarbons, lead, etc., gas testing, waste management/analysis), environmental accident investigation and prevention; and health and safety training. I have more than 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My consulting services include: health and safety assistance to operating divisions of IT; conducted industrial hygiene and safety surveys on sites associated with hazardous waste management; assistance regarding engineering controls and personal protective equipment; OSHA regulations, hazardous material handling and storage, health hazards, and respiratory protection; consultation regarding a variety of health and safety matters including accident investigation as well as machine operation and guarding.
I know what plasticizers are and I've monitored for varying plasticizers–essentially phthalates–over the years. Phthalates are in plastics and they can and will readily off-gas when plastics are used, particularly when they're heated. With respect to toxicity of the varying phthalates, they are studies "out there," however, I will say at the outset that the exposure potentials regarding the new bedding plastic wrap will be brief and not expected to cause perceptible ill effects. Perhaps chronic exposures to phthalates could cause some kind of signs or symptoms, but I would need to know more about the matter to opine on whether or not that would be likely in this case.
|M.S.||Health Science||Environmental and Occupational Health||California State University|
|B.S.||Health Science||Environmental and Occupational Health||California State University|
|Certified Industrial Hygienist|
|American Board of Industrial Hygiene|
|Registered Professional Engineer|
|State of California|
|Registered Environmental Assessor|
|California Environmental Protection Agency|
|Certified Gas Tester|
|State of California|
|Department of Industrial Relations|
Awards & Affiliation
American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases