Kahane, David – MPH, CIH, FAIHA

Principal | Founder

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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 excellence within the organization. He possesses technical expertise on exposures to toxins within the built environment, including asbestos, heavy metals, microbiologicals, pesticides and volatile organic compounds.

Mr. Kahane performs industrial hygiene and indoor air quality investigations, statistical evaluations, experimental design, exposure assessments and litigation support. He is frequently requested to lecture on sampling and analytical issues related to toxins in the built environment by universities, professional associations, and industry trade groups. Mr. Kahane has been actively involved in professional associations, providing leadership and input at the committee and board level to help shape policy and provide guidance on regulatory issues within the field of industrial hygiene.

Prior to founding Forensic Analytical, Mr. Kahane worked as a consultant to toxicologists, occupational medical doctors, and industrial hygienists in the Washington D.C. area, covering a range of investigation and research related to occupational exposures.

Mr. Kahane possesses extensive expertise in the sampling and analysis of: asbestos in various matrices; heavy metals in various matrices; PCBs and pesticides in biological tissue, transformer oils, air, and soil; bioaerosols, including fungi and bacteria; trace evidence routinely screened in criminal or civil casework; biological evidence routinely screened in criminal or civil casework.


  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH),
    • Mold Remediation Symposium-Quest for Conformity, Orlando, FL, 2003
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
    • Lab Quality Assurance Program Development, 2003, 2005, 2007
    • Leadership Conference, Fairfax VA, 2005
  • American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHCE) Professional Development Courses [1999-present]:
    • Naturally Occurring Asbestos to Zeolites: A Comprehensive Assessment, May 22, 2016
    • Asbestos and Other Fibrous Materials: Risk Assessment, Characterization, Communication, May 21, 2016
    • Occupational Health Program for Silicosis Prevention, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City
    • Vapor Intrusion Investigation, Mitigation and Case Studies May 19 2013, AIHCE Montreal, Canada
    • Asbestos Health Risk Assessment: Modeling, Characterization, and Communication, May 18, 2013, AIHCE Montreal Canada
    • Case Studies on Ethical Decision Making, Indianapolis IN, 2012
    • Defining & Evaluating Data Quality for Exposure Assessment, Indianapolis IN, 2012
    • Topics in Product Stewardship: Chemical and Consumer Products Risk Management, Portland OR, 2011
    • Bayesian Statistics: Overview and Application in IH Data Interpretation and Exposure Risk Assessment, Denver, CO, 2010
    • Occupational Epidemiology, Study Design and Calculations, Toronto CN, 2009
    • Current Issues in Toxicology for the Industrial Hygienist, Toronto CN, 2009
    • Adjustment of TLVs to Accommodate Specific Conditions, Minneapolis, MN, 2008
    • Welding Health and Safety, Philadelphia, PA. 2007
    • Reconstruction of Dose and Exposure, Chicago IL. 2006 o  Symposium on Fungal Contamination, Atlanta GA, 2004 o IAQ and HVAC Systems, Atlanta, GA 2004
    • Indoor Air Quality Symposium, Dallas, TX, 2003
    • Biological Contamination of Indoor Environments, Toronto, 1999
  • American Society for Hospital Engineering (ASHE) Health Facilities Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 2003
  • American Hospital Association, International Conference on Health Facility Planning, Design and Construction, Tampa FL, 2004
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), IAQ Conference on Moisture and Mold, San Francisco, CA, 2001


  • Center for Occupational and Environmental Health IH Forum Series: Catching up on Silica Symposium, December 11, 2014
  • Healthy Buildings 2015, Boulder Colorado: LEED and Industrial Hygiene.. Bridging the Gap, July 21, 2015, Workshop on New Changes to LEED Certification and Their Impact on the Indoor Air
  • AIHCE 2016, Baltimore Md.: Selling to the Old Brain and doing it Intelligently, May 25, 2016, Platform Session on Industrial Hygiene Analytical Laboratory Management and Operation

Asbestos and Lead Related:

  • Environmental Information Association, 1988-2003
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Tri-Regional Lead Conference, Oakland, 2004
  • National Lead Abatement Council, 1993-2002
  • U.C. Berkeley Extension, Center for Environmental Hazard Management, 1988-Present
  • D. Kahane, D. Coltrin, M. Floyd, “Lead in Vinyl Floor Tiles” presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Association Annual Conference, Dallas TX, 1997
  • D. Kahane, J. Teichman, D. Coltrin, K. Prouty, “A Survey of Lead Contamination in Soil Along Interstate 880, Alameda County, California,” presented at Lead Tech ‘92, Bethesda, MD, October, 1992.

Mold Identification, Analysis, and Risk Assessment:

  • ACGIH, Mold Remediation Symposium-Quest for Conformity, Orlando, FL, 2003
  • ADC, Toxic Mold Litigation Conference, Sacramento, CA, 2002
  • AIHA, Tele Web – Comparison of Methods for Evaluating Mold, 2003
  • AIHA, Tele Web – Environmental Mold, Legal Cases, 2004
  • AIHA Northern California Section:
    • Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Data in Mold Investigations, 2005
    • Mold Contamination Primer, 2000
  • AIHA Sacramento Valley Chapter, Sacramento, CA 2006, 2010
  • AIHA San Diego Chapter, San Diego, CA, 1999
  • AIHCE:
    • PCR Analysis for Mold Investigations, San Diego, CA 2003
    • Evaluation of Airborne Sampling and Analysis Data, Atlanta, Georgia, 2004
    • Sampling Strategies for Mold in Health Care Settings, Anaheim, CA 2005
    • The Environmental Relative Moldiness Index, Chicago 2006
  • American Bar Association:
    • Real Property Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2002
    • Continuing Education on Mold Seminar, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • American Society of Microbiology, San Ramon CA 2006
  • American Water Works Association CA-NV Section Annual Conference, Ontario, CA, 1999
  • AON Mold Contamination Workshop, San Francisco, CA, 2002
  • ASTM, Comparison of Methods for Evaluating Mold Spore Concentrations, Boulder CO, 2004
  • Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2002
  • Association of Defense Counsel Annual Northern California, Toxic Torts 101 and Beyond, 2003
  • Bridgeport Education, Continuing Education on Mold Seminar Presenter, CA, 2002-03
  • California Association of Community Managers Primer on Mold, Sacramento, CA, 2002
  • California Association of County Safety Professionals, Alhambra, CA 2002
  • California Campus Environmental Health and Safety Association, Monterey, CA, 2001
  • California Industrial Hygiene Council, Annual Conferences, 1999-04
  • CEB Toxic Claims Seminar, 2002, 2006
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters All Industry Day, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • CLE International, Continuing Education on Mold Seminar, 2002-Present
  • ECHO Annual Seminar, Santa Clara, CA, 2002
  • Environmental Information Association Annual Conferences, 1999-2002
  • Environmental Protection Agency, IEQ Conference, Durham NC, 2006
  • Environmental Risk Resources Association Mold Contamination Seminar, S.F., CA, 2002
  • Forensic Analytical, Microbial Contamination Workshop: L.A./S.F., Portland /Las Vegas, 2001-05
  • Fungal Research Group Foundation, Inc.: 5th Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2003
  • Green Remodeler’s Guild, Berkeley, CA 2006
  • Healthcare Facilities Summit, Wesley Chapel, FL, 2004
  • IEA Continuing Education Mold Seminar, San Francisco/Rancho Cordova, CA, 2002
  • International Academy of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air Conference, Monterey, CA, 2002
  • International Concrete Repair Institute, Mold Primer, CA, 2002
  • Kaiser Permanente: Primer on Molds, Emeryville, CA, 2003
  • Annual Safety Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • LHB Pacific Law Partners Insurance Spectrum Symposium, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • Lorman Education, Continuing Education on Mold Seminar, 2002-2004-2006
  • Mealey’s Mold Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
  • Monterey Department of Environmental Health, Monterey, CA, 1999
  • Mt. Diablo Property Association, Mold, Mildew, and Fungi, Walnut Creek, CA, 2001
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Annual Conference, Reno, NV, 2001
  • National Business Institute Toxic Mold Litigation Seminar, San Francisco, CA, 2002, 2204,2007
  • National Lead Abatement Council, Conference on Mold, Berkeley, CA, 2002, 2004
  • Oakland Housing Authority, Mold and Lead-Based Paint Workshop, Oakland, CA, 2003
  • Pacific Southwest Housing Mold Presentation, Las Vegas, NV, 2001
  • Pittcon, PCR Sampling and Analysis, Chicago, IL. 2004
  • Property Claims Forum, Taking the Mystery & Misery out of Mold Claims, San Francisco, CA, 2002
  • Real Estate Owned Managers Association, Annual Conference, Palm Springs, 2002
  • Risk Insurance Management Society Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 2000
  • San Francisco Airport Commission, South San Francisco, CA, 1999
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA, 1999, 2006
  • Society of Subrogation Professionals, Industrial Hygiene, Concord, CA, 2003
  • Sterling Education Services, Water Intrusion and Mold Claims, San Francisco, CA, 2002, 2003
  • U.C. Berkeley Extension, Center for Environmental Hazard Management
  • Building Science and Risk Assessment 2004-Present
  • Mold Sampling and Analysis, 2002-Present
  • U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Public Health, Guest Lecturer 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010- Presentations on Heavy Metals Exposure with Emphasis on Manganese and Lead.
  • AIG Hospitality Risk Seminar – Legionella Exposure Risk 2012


  • AIHA IEQ Project Team Committee Contributing Author: Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Legionella in Building Water Systems Legionella, AIHA 2015
  • AIHA IEQ Project Team Committee Contributing Author: Position Statement on Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment, AIHA 2013
  • S. Vesper, M.J. Vesper, D. Kahane, “Mold-Specific Quantitative PCR: The Emerging Standard in Mold” Analysis, American Laboratory, January 2005
  • D. Kahane, “The Case for Quantitative PCR in Mold Investigations,” Indoor Environmental Connections, February 2004
  • D. Kahane, M.M. McGinnis, S.J. Vesper, R.A. Haugland, “Comparison of Genetic Methods to Optical Methods in the Identification and Assessment of Mold in Built Environment Comparison of TaqMan and Microscope Analysis of Cladosporium Spores Retrieved from Zefon Air-O-Cell Traces, “Proceedings of Indoor Air 2002, The Printing House, 69-73.
  • D. Kahane, “Forensic Science meets Microbiology, Real-time PCR,” Indoor Environmental Connections, April 2002
  • D. Kahane, “Mold: The Building Toxin for the Next Millennium” Apartment Owner News, September 1999
  • D. R. Van Orden, R. J. Lee, K. M. Bishop, D. Kahane, R. Morse, “Evaluation of Ambient Asbestos Concentrations in Buildings Following the Loma Prieta Earthquake,” Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, 21, 117-122, 1995.
  • J. Millette, D. Kahane, B. White, M. Beard “Contamination from Asbestos Dust: How Much is Too Much,” Environmental Information Association 1994.
  • David Kahane, “Asbestos Testing and Building Owner Liability”, San Francisco Business Times The Hidden Building), 1988.
  • David Kahane and John Thornton, “Determination of the Absolute Density of Glass following the Sink-Float Method,” Journal of Forensic Science, 32 (1) 87-92, January 1987.
  • J. Thornton, S. Kraus, B. Lerner, and D. Kahane, “Solubility Characterization of Automotive Paints.” Journal of Forensic Science, 28 (4) 1004-1007, October 1983.


  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Member, 1980-2003
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association:
    • Member, 1986-Present
    • AIHA Fellow, 2010
    • Committee Member, Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program, 1995-1998
    • Committee Member, Vice Chair, Chair, Asbestos Analyst’s Registry, 2001-2004
    • Committee Member, Vice Chair, Chair, Analytical Accreditation Board, 2003-2007
    • Committee Member, Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair, Indoor Environmental Quality 2004-Present
    • Subcommittee Member, Indoor Environmental Quality (Lead), 1997-2003
    • Board Member, Lab Accreditation Program, 2009-Present
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Member, 2003-Present
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
    • Member, 1997-Present
    • D-22 and E06 Corresponding Member, 1997-Present
    • Mold Subcommittee Member, 2005
  • California Association of Criminalists, Member, 1980-2003
  • California Environmental Information Association, Board of Directors, 1990-1993
  • California Industrial Hygiene Council, Board of Directors, 2000-2006
  • California OSHA Lead Advisory Board, Member, 1996-2000
  • Environmental Information Association, Member, Board of Directors 1993-1997
  • Indoor Air Quality Association, Member, 2002-Present
  • International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Member, 2003-2006
  • Lead Solutions, Board of Directors, 1993-1994
  • National Lead Abatement Council, 1993-2002
  • Northern California Section, American Industrial Hygiene Association, 1986-Present
  • UC Berkeley Alumni Association, 1986-Present
  • Vistage, CEO Leadership Group, 2005-2015