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    White, Janine

    Masters of Business Administration, Portland State University, 2002 Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996 AHERA Asbestos Inspector No. IN-16-4598B Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist 1 ISO 14001 Lead Auditor HAZWOPER 40 hour Northwest Environmental Business Council Air and Waste Management Association Society of Women Engineers Semiconductor Environmental, Safety & Health Association […]

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    Polychlorinated Biphenyls – PCBs

    Polychlorinated  Biphenyls (PCBs) are a broad class of manufactured organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. They were used in manufacturing by adding to products and materials for water and chemical resistance. PCBs were banned in 1979 because they don’t break down in the environment. PCBs can accumulate in plants and food crops, along with small […]

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    Methamphetamines

    Hospitality Exposure to Drug Manufacturing and Use The purpose of this notice is to review information on methamphetamine (meth) production or use, so that you may prevent or safely respond to meth use/production at your facility. Hotel rooms are at a unique risk to become makeshift drug labs. If you suspect meth has been used […]

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    Krause, J. David, Ph.D., MSPH, CIH

    Ph.D., Environmental & Occupational Health, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 2005 MSPH, Master of Science in Public Health (Toxicology), Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 1999 B.S., Biological Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 1989 Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), American Board of Industrial Hygiene, No. 16442 Licensed Mold Assessor, Florida Department of Business and […]

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    Baril, Gerard, MS, CIH

    M.S., Environmental Health Sciences/Industrial Hygiene, Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1987 B.S., Geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1978 American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified in Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (CIH) #4362CP New York State Department of Labor Asbestos Management Planner Asbestos Project Designer Asbestos Project Monitor Asbestos Inspector New York City […]

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    Andrew, Michael, MS, CIH, CSP, LEED AP

    Master of Science, Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000. Bachelor of Science, Marine Science / Applied Mathematics, Coastal Carolina University, 1997. Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Comprehensive Practice. Issued by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Certificate # CP 9158 Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Issued by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Certificate # 20019 […]

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    Fontes, Sylvia – MS, CIH

    M.S, Industrial Hygiene, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1985 B.S., Biochemistry, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1984 American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Certified in Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (CIH) #4781 Ms. Fontes is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with more than 30 years experience in comprehensive industrial hygiene services. She has worked for a variety of consulting firms […]

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    Franco, Leticia

    Bachelor of Science, Sociology, California State University, 2000 Leticia is the Human Resources Manager and is responsible for setting forth the plans and procedures for the department. She works along with her team to ensure all goals and objectives are met. Leticia’s capacity includes working with the Leadership Team to ensure the company’s core values […]

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    Stadium Mold Assessment Project

    SCOPE: At an MLB Stadium, a pipe main burst on the top floor flooding all suites, the clubhouse, and all the way down to the dugouts. FACS was in charge of completing a mold assessment for 20% of the stadium during the off season. The project took 3-4 months to complete, and FACS worked smoothly […]

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    Reeves, Sharon

    Sharon is the Chief Operations Officer for FACS. Her goal is to make positive impact on the organizational growth of the company, staff and clients. Sharon has over 25 years of business management experience, having worked her way up in management early in her career in multiple positions with hard work ethic and a positive […]

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    Wellings, Julie – MPH, CIH In Memoriam

    MPH, Industrial Hygiene, University of California, Berkeley, 1983 BS, Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis, 1982 Certified Industrial Hygienist #4574, Comprehensive Practice, American Board of Industrial Hygiene California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Certified Asbestos Consultant #92-0184 California Department of Public Health, Certified Lead Inspector/Assessor/Monitor/Designer #5774 OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety Certification Julie has over […]

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    Blessing, John

    M.B.A, Finance Marketing, University of Detroit B.A., Economics, Kalamazoo College Corporate Visions Power Messaging Selling the Psychological Approach, Spin Selling Miller Heiman, Strategic Selling, Sandler Selling Skills John has over 25 years of experience leading and developing business development teams. The majority of his experience has been in strategic, solution-selling sales environments in multiple industry […]

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    Epstien, Barbara L. – MPH, CIH, FAIHA

    MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health, 1978 B.A., Sociology-Anthropology, Knox College, 1976 American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Certified in Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (CIH) #4631 Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association (FAIHA) American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA): Member: 1980-Present Local Section Regional Representative, NW Region, 2015-present Committee member: Construction Member: […]

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    Barczak, Jr., Thomas S. – CIEC

    Coursework, Biology, Purdue University Texas Department of State Health Services – Mold Assessments Consultant – MAC0298 State of Florida Certified Mold Assessor – MRSA1255 American Council for Accredited Certification – Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant – 09100001 American Council for Accredited Certification – Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant McCrone Research Institute – Fungal Spore Identification Restoration Consultants […]

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    Feng, Lydia, MS, CIH

    M.S., Environmental Health Science/Industrial Hygiene, University of California Berkeley B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles Certified Industrial Hygienist Lydia has 9 years of experience in the environmental health and industrial hygiene field assessing chemical and physical hazards to human health. Previously, Lydia provided technical consulting support for environmental and toxic tort litigation; conducting research […]

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    Hospital Tower Demolition Project

    SCOPE: The client had a 7 story former hospital tower built in 1971 that needed to be removed. The tower was structurally attached to three other buildings which remained occupied for the duration of the project and was in the heart of a full service medical center campus. Prior to the demolition, FACS provided hazardous material, […]

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    Compliance

    Forensic Analytical Consulting Services provides key support for compliance with workplace safety, health and environmental health regulations, at the federal, state and local levels. Most of the program development and industrial hygiene monitoring provided by FACS is driven to some extent by regulatory compliance. When a citation or inquiry is issued from a regulatory agency […]

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    LEED Certification

    In recent years, the general public has become increasingly aware of the influence of the building sector (e.g. buildings and infrastructure) on the environment in which we live and in turn, the built environment’s effect on us. A movement has sprouted from this awareness, spawning new growth in the area of green or sustainable building […]

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    Indoor Air Quality

    Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a general term referring to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, and is an assessment of the health and comfort of building occupants. A variety of pollutants, such as microbial agents (mold, bacteria), gases (volatile organic compounds, ozone), and particles and fibers can result in unhealthy IAQ. However, […]

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    Noise

    Industrial noise exposure concerns include OSHA compliance, hearing loss prevention, interference with conversation/concentration and residential noise complaints. FACS provides a variety of noise-exposure services to assist a wide range of both industrial and residential clients including general and specialty contractors, power plants, industrial manufacturing and commercial building managers.  Our team can conduct noise dosimeter monitoring to […]

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    Electromagnetic Fields

    Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are invisible lines of energy force present everywhere in our environment. EMF, in regards to environmental health exposure, refers to extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields, ranging from 3 to 3,000 Hz. This range includes power-frequency (50 or 60 Hz) fields. These fields can induce currents within the human body which, […]

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    Wildfire Smoke

    Massive wildfires recently devastated several west coast cities. These wildfires caused millions of dollars in damage, neighborhood displacement, and emotional distress for property owners and occupants. In the wake of this destruction, there is increasing concern regarding potential impacts of wildfire soot and other smoke-related particulates which may deposit on property exteriors and infiltrate into […]

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    Manganese Exposure

    Manganese is a common element found in steel and welding rods that are used to weld onto steel.  High levels of manganese exposure is considered a neurotoxin and the industrial hygiene community has become increasingly concerned about both acute and chronic health effects from airborne exposure to manganese dust and fumes. Forensic Analytical Consulting Services has […]

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    Lead

    Forensic Analytical Consulting Services’ lead consulting capabilities extend well beyond the traditional lead-based paint arena. This expertise includes some the following: Remediation oversight for installation and removal of lead sheet radiation shielding in health care settings Testing and mapping of elevated lead in drinking water due to leaded plumbing components in buildings Lead consulting in […]

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    Industrial Solvents

    Workplace exposure to solvents has been a safety and health concern for many decades.  Aqueous solvents are often acidic or caustic and can cause irritation or burns when touched or when mists are inhaled.  However, organic solvents are typically more harmful. Forensic Analytical Consulting Services’ team of industrial hygienists are expert in designing sampling strategies for both […]

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    Fiberglass

    Fiberglass may also be referred to as fibrous glass or glass wool. Fiberglass is widely used to insulate pipes, attics, walls and appliances for sound control in aircrafts and automobiles, and in roofing material and some plastics.  Direct contact with fiberglass or with fiberglass dust may cause skin, eyes, nose and throat irritation. High levels of […]

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    Crystalline Silica

    Crystalline silica exposure can occur during construction, maintenance, mining and manufacturing activities and its release can affect workers, bystanders, and the public. The most common form of crystalline silica is quartz, and quartz is the primary component of sand. The potential for crystalline silica exposure is substantial because of the widespread use of sand, sand-containing […]

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    Asbestos

    For more than 30 years, Forensic Analytical Consulting Services has provided a full range of testing, inspection, training, litigation support, and other consulting services as a means of assisting our clients in managing asbestos materials. Places where dangers from asbestos may lurk include existing buildings, at sites with naturally-occurring asbestos, and at contaminated sites under litigation or regulatory […]

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    Norovirus

    Norovirus is the name for the group of viruses that are sometimes referred to as “Norwalk-like” viruses, after the original 1968 strain “Norwalk virus,” which caused an outbreak of gastroenteritis in a school in Norwalk, Ohio. Recently, reported outbreaks of norovirus infections on cruise ships has caused concern about potential infections while traveling. Norovirus infections are extremely contagious […]

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    MRSA

    Staphylococcus, aka staph, is a genus of bacteria found worldwide and of which many species reside harmlessly on human skin.  Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph that is resistant to certain antibiotics. Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities who have weakened immune systems (this is referred to […]

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    Mold and Moisture

    Molds and fungi are naturally occurring organisms.  It is estimated that almost 20 to 25% of the earth’s biomass is composed of fungi. The scientific community has identified approximately 100,000 species of fungi of which only several dozens are commonly identified during building investigations.  It is estimated that there is up to a million more species that have […]

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    Allergens

    Our residences, workplaces and communities host a broad variety of biological agents that can cause allergic reactions. These include dander from dogs and cats, cockroaches, dust mites and mold growth, just to name a few. These sources and the allergens can present significant challenges to investigators as many of them are ubiquitous and vary in […]

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    Legionella

    About Legionella Legionella bacteria grows in warm water and can commonly be found in cooling tower reservoirs and in domestic water systems, especially where heated water is present. When Legionella grows, and Legionella-containing water aerosols are inhaled, susceptible individuals (such as older adults and/or the immunocompromised) can develop Legionnaires’ disease. Legionella bacteria control includes water […]

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    Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response – Multiple East Coast Projects

    FACS has the ability to mobilize to heavily impacted areas and to be self sufficient while the local utilities and infrastructure are being restored. When quick response is required to assess site conditions, FACS works with local authorities and first responders to get accurate and detailed information assembled quickly. The goal is always to provide […]

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    Insurance Services – Wildfire Smoke Damage Evaluation at Multiple Properties

    When claims of smoke damage and contamination began to pour in to insurance companies in the months following California wildfires, it became clear that these companies needed a better way to assess the validity of the mass of claims. As a result, the insurance companies turned to the industrial hygiene community, and specifically, to FACS […]

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    Government Building IEQ Sampling and Evaluation

    FACS was called into a complex Indoor Environmental Quality situation at a government building in downtown Los Angeles. Several stakeholders were involved, which included building management, the occupying government agency, the union and the workers themselves. FACS addressed both present physical conditions and occupant perception. In order to help create stakeholder consensus, the FACS team […]

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    Healthcare Facility Project

    FACS has provided environmental health services to several national healthcare providers. These services have involved capital project groups, construction groups, infection control groups, health and safety professionals and CFO audits for environmental liabilities. These services spanned all aspects of planning, design, construction, renovation and operations. FACS excels in helping hospitals meet and/or exceed guidelines as […]

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    Vinciguerra, Fred

    B.S., Biological Sciences, Northern Illinois University, 1988 Certified Asbestos Consultant #04-3666, State of California State of California DHS Certified Lead-Related Construction Supervisor Project Monitor Inspector/Assessor Project Designer #S199, #M199, #I199, #D199 Building Inspection and Management Planning for Asbestos Asbestos Abatement Project Designer Asbestos Abatement Contractors/Supervisor Microscopical Identification of Asbestos Sampling and Evaluating Airborne Asbestos Dust […]

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    Trapp, Kevin

    MBA, Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, 2014 BA, Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2000 California OSHA, Certified Asbestos Consultant No. 06-4053 California Department of Public Health, Lead Inspector/Assessor No. 12623 California Department of Public Health, Lead Project Monitor No. 12623 NIOSH 582-Sampling and Evaluating Airborne Asbestos Dust NITON X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrum […]

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    Rosales, Michelle – MPH, CIH

    MPH, Industrial Hygiene, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005 BSRT, Radiological Technology, California State University of Northridge, 2002 Certified Industrial Hygienist, Comprehensive Practice. Certificate # CP 9577 Michelle has over 12 years of experience in environmental health and industrial hygiene services arena.  She has conducted hundreds of investigations involving a variety of physical, chemical and […]

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    McNeely, Robert, CIH

    University of California, Davis, B.S. in Microbiology, 2001 Areas of Concentration: Microbial Genetics Nevada Asbestos Consultant – IJPM 1268 Florida Mold Assessor – MRSA 2446 Texas Mold Assessment Consultant – MAC1379 Council – certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) – 1601019 Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) – CP 11246 Robert has more than 15 years of professional […]

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    Martinelli, John

    Completed upper division course work for B.Sc. Workforce Education and Development, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1996 with Honors A.S. Industrial Shipbuilding, Solano Community College, Suisun, California, 1995 with Honors Certified Asbestos Consultant #01-2964, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Certified Lead Inspector Assessor, Supervisor #7330, California Department of Public Health AHERA Certified Building […]

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    Kollmeyer, Benjamin – MPH, CIH

    M.P.H., Environmental Health Science, Industrial Hygiene Program, U.C. Berkeley, 1996 Bachelor of Science, Political Economy of Natural Resources, U.C. Berkeley, 1993 Certified Industrial Hygienist, Comprehensive Practice. Issued by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene – Certificate #8045CP Ben has extensive experience in the environmental health arena, conducting hundreds of investigations involving a variety of physical, […]

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    Kaminski, Peter J.

    B.S., Biology, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, 1988 State of California DOSH Certified Asbestos Consultant, #98-2384 State of California DPH Certified Lead-based Paint Inspector/Assessor, #449 State of California DPH Certified Lead-based Paint Project Monitor, #449 Mr. Kaminski has over twenty-five years of professional environmental consulting and industrial hygiene experience, the last twenty years with Forensic Analytical Consulting Services […]

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    Kahane, David – MPH, CIH, FAIHA

    M.P.H., Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley, 1982 B.A., Physiology, UC Berkeley, 1980 Mr. Kahane is the founder and principal of Forensic Analytical. Established in 1986, Forensic Analytical has provided consulting and analysis in the Environmental Health and Forensic Sciences. He interfaces with executive directors, managers, supervisors and other staff regarding technical, operational, and business development […]

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    Northern California, Nevada, Hawaii-Veterans Administration Medical Centers

    FACS conducted Environment of Care Assessments and provided Statement of Conditions Assistance to all VA VISN 21 Medical Centers in Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. These services were provided predominately through Mock Joint Commission surveys.  The primary focus of this project was to evaluate the VA’s current measure of compliance with the 2004 JCAHO standards and to […]

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    Cushman Wakefield, San Francisco Commercial Property

    Since 2001, FACS has been the preferred environmental services vendor for the 525 Market Street property managed by Cushman & Wakefield in San Francisco, California. FACS has provided full Environmental Health and Safety services for the property and works closely with the property general manager, building manager, security chief and chief engineer. Services include: Full-service consulting […]

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    International Project – Worker Exposure Assessments

    FACS worked with a leading international athletic equipment manufacturer on a special project that evaluated worker exposure to chemical hazards in contract factories. These factories produced a variety of different types products including athletic wear and sports equipment. FACS traveled with the client project team to factories in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe to conduct initial assessments […]

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    Carlin, Russ

    B.S., Public Relations, University of Oregon, 1979 Licensed Asbestos Abatement Consultant NIOSH 582 Sampling and Evaluating Airborne Asbestos Dust Certificate of Attendance; Microbial Contamination: Sampling, Laboratory, Remediation and Health Issues For over 20 years, Russ has worked with multiple regional and national clients and with FACS’ technical and operational staff to create, implement and verify […]

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    Canright, Megan – MPH, CIH

    M.P.H., Industrial Hygiene, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007; Minor in Hazardous Materials B.S., Environmental Science, University of California Berkeley, 2003; Minor in Forestry Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Comprehensive Practice. ABIH. Certificate # CP 9489 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response CPR/First Aid Certification Megan Canright has a wide array of experience in the […]

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    Brinkerhoff, David – CIH, CIEC

    B.S., Agricultural Systems and Environment: Sustainable Production Systems, University of California at Davis, 2001 American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Certified in Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (CIH) #10590CP American Council for Accredited Certification, Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) #1302021 California Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Certified Asbestos Consultant #10-4596 Nevada Occupational Safety and Health […]