McGrath, David B.
Director - Rocky Mountain Region
Denver/Rocky Mountain Region Office
M.S. Environmental Management, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1995
B.G.S. Environmental Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1989
Certifications and Registrations
EPA-Accredited Asbestos Abatement Contractor/Supervisor
EPA-Accredited Asbestos Building Inspector
EPA-Accredited Asbestos Management Planner
EPA-Accredited Asbestos Project Designer
NIOSH 582-equivalency Course (Sampling Airborne Asbestos Dust)
Scitec Corp. XRF Radiation Training Program, MAP-3 Spectrum Analyzer
RMD, Inc. XRF Radiation Training Program, LPA-1 Spectrum Analyzer
NITON, LLC XRF Radiation Training Program, XL-309 Spectrum Analyzer
Heuresis Corp. XRF Radiation Training Program, PB200i Spectrum Analyzer
California OSHA-Certified Asbestos Consultant, DOSH #95-1629
California DPH-Certified Lead-Related Construction Project Monitor #215
California DPH-Certified Lead-Related Construction Inspector/Assessor #215
California DPH-Certified Lead-Related Construction Project Designer #215
Colorado CDPHE-Certified Lead-Based Paint Inspector/Risk Assessor #14924
Colorado CDPHE-Certified Lead-Based Paint Project Designer #14924
David is the Rocky Mountain Regional Director and is based out of the Denver office. With experience in industrial hygiene, environmental management, and litigation/expert witness support services, he is charged with growing the consulting services in Colorado and the surrounding region. David moved to Colorado in 2007 from the San Francisco Bay Area where he served as a consultant for more than 18 years providing senior management for staff and projects involving asbestos, lead, PCBs, and other hazardous materials. These projects included hazardous material surveys, abatement planning, specifications development, and abatement monitoring.
David is a recognized voice on contemporary asbestos issues with peer-reviewed articles published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, The Microscope Journal, and San Diego Law Review. David’s previous notable achievements include overseeing the asbestos abatement management and air monitoring of the 465,000 square foot Byron G. Rogers Federal Office Building in downtown Denver with no notices of violation having been issued. Further, he has extensive experience in developing and implementing IT systems to innovate asbestos, lead, mold, and hazmat inspection and reporting methods.
David also has a documented history of invitational service in shaping and refining California’s ACM and LBP regulations and standards. In 2000, at the request of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), he participated as an advisory committee member to develop a regulation establishing the process for approval of asbestos cement pipe specific training under Cal/OSHA. In addition, between 1998 and 2000, the California Department of Health Services (Cal/DHS), Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch, invited him to attend 12 full-day sessions to assist with the formation and review of the statewide lead-related construction certification exams.
Memberships and Affiliations
- American Industrial Hygiene Association, National
- American Industrial Hygiene Association, Rocky Mountain Section
- ASTM International Participating Member, Asbestos & Lead Subcommittees
- Colorado Environmental Professionals Association
- Environmental Information Association, National
- National Association of Environmental Professionals
- Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals
- Rocky Mountain Environmental Health & Safety Peer Group
- McGrath, D.B. 2017. NESHAP, OSHA & AHERA Inspections for Asbestos & Why They Matter. LinkedIn.com Article, LinkedIn Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA.
- McGrath, D.B. 2017. Why I Left Environmental Consulting After 25 Years. LinkedIn.com Article, LinkedIn Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA.
- McGrath, D.B. 2014. A Flashback to the Late 1980s? No, Just One of the Last Large-Scale Asbestos Projects in Colorado. Volume 13, Issue 2, Page 1-2, Inside EIA, The Environmental Information Association, Chevy Chase, MD & Volume 37, Number 2, Page 20-21, Industrial Hygiene News, Rimbach Publishing, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.
- McGrath, D.B. 2013. Terracon Manages One of the Largest Asbestos Abatement Projects in Colorado History. Fall Issue, Page 1-2, Delivering Success: News You Can Use, Terracon Consultants, Inc., Olathe, KS.
- McGrath, D.B.; Van Orden, D.R.; Howard, R.M.; Guerrero, P.; and Davis, S.C. 2010. Two Different Methods, Three Different Variations, Four Different Sources: What Bulk Asbestos PLM Method is Your Laboratory Using? Part 1: Volume 7, Issue 8, Page D53-D56 & Part 2: Volume 7, Issue 9, Page D65-D68, The Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene, Taylor & Francis, Philadelphia, PA.
- Van Orden, D.R.; McGrath, D.B.; Howard, R.M.; and Guerrero, P. 2007. Applicable PLM Method for Asbestos NESHAP Compliance Testing. Volume 55, Issue 2, Page 75-80, The Microscope, McCrone Research Institute, Chicago, IL.
- Howard, R.M.; Guerrero, P.; McGrath, D.B.; and Van Orden, D.R. 2007. The EPA’s Prosecution of Clean Air Act Asbestos NESHAP Cases Based Upon Non-Binding Bulk Material Test Methods. Volume 44, Issue 2, Page 173-230, San Diego Law Review, University of San Diego School of Law, CA.
- Publication accepted by the College of William & Mary School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Lewis & Clark School of Law, Louisiana State University, Pace University School of Law, University of California Davis School of Law, University of Missouri School of Law, University of Texas School of Law, and the Environmental Claims Journal.
- Publication cited by the three-justice dissent opinion of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin in State v. Harenda Enterprises, Inc. (746 N.W.2d 25, Wis. 2008).
- McGrath, D.B. 1995. Evaluation of Phase Contrast Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy for Use in Final Air Clearance of Asbestos Abatement Projects. Master of Science Thesis, Environmental Management, University of San Francisco, CA.
Presentations and Appointments
- Instructor, Cal/DPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch – California Department of Public Health, Various Locations in California. Approved to teach the following initial and refresher asbestos training courses by lecture and hands-on: (1) Building Inspector; (2) Management Planner; (3) Contractor/Supervisor; and (4) Project Designer. (2019-Pres.)
- Instructor, Cal/OSHA Asbestos & Carcinogen Unit – California Division of Occupational Safety & Health, Various Locations in California. Approved to teach the following lead-related construction training courses by lecture and hands-on: (1) Inspection/Assessment; (2) Supervision & Project Monitoring; (3) Sampling Technician; and (4) General Continuing Education. (2019-Pres.)
- Guest Speaker, FHEA District IV Meeting – American Society of Healthcare Engineering, Sunrise, Florida. Provided a one-hour presentation to the Florida Healthcare Engineering Association (FHEA) on the topic of Asbestos Awareness in the Hospital Environment. Total attendance was more than 50 people. (2018)
- Guest Speaker, CATA Annual Conferences & Training Courses – Colorado Association of Tax Assessors, Various Locations in Colorado. Provided a 2.5-hour presentation on multiple occasions to the Colorado Association of Tax Assessors (CATA) regarding the subject of Introduction to Environmental Contamination of Properties. Topics included (1) mold, mildew and fungi; (2) methamphetamine or meth; (3) phase I – environmental site assessments; (4) phase II – site survey/sampling; (5) phase III – site remediation/abatement; (6) asbestos-containing material; and (7) lead-based paint. (2009-2011)
- Instructor, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health – University of California at Berkeley, Richmond, California. Conducted a two-hour lecture on the subject of the NESHAP Asbestos Alternative Control Method (AACM). In April of 2006, the EPA tested an alternative method for comparison to the current asbestos NESHAP requirements for demolition of buildings containing asbestos. Topics included the specific requirements of the AACM and the extensive environmental monitoring that took place during testing at the remote and secure former Army base of Fort Chafee in Arkansas. (2007-2008)
- Guest Speaker, Northern California Section AIHA Forum – American Industrial Hygiene Association, Oakland, California. Presented an expanded, three-hour version of the NESHAP Asbestos Alternative Control Method (AACM) lecture. Total attendance was 33 individuals who, when asked to evaluate the instructor on presentation and content, provided a score of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. (2007)
- Guest Speaker, Irvine California Chapter IAQA Workshop – Indoor Air Quality Association, Santa Ana, California. Provided a two-hour presentation to the Irvine California Chapter of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) on the topic of Introduction to Asbestos for IAQ Professionals. Of 31 total attendees, 64% evaluated this talk as “excellent” and 36% as “good”. Invited to speak by Dr. David A. Bell, IAQA Irvine Chapter Director and former President of Environmental Microbiology Laboratory. (2006)
- Instructor, Environmental Management Program – University of California at Berkeley Extension, Richmond, California. Conducted a 4.5-hour rotating workshop twice annually for the Mold: Inspection, Assessment & Control initial training course held at the Richmond Field Station. Workshop objectives included a mock fungal inspection in a real building where student groups are asked to (1) develop a sampling plan; (2) select proper sampling tools; and (3) justify their approach. The ACGIH Building Walkthrough Checklist and EPA Checklist for Mold Remediation were discussed. (2005-2006)
- Instructor, Environmental Management Program – University of California at Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, California. Provided three hours of instruction twice annually for the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)-accredited Designing Asbestos Abatement Projects initial training course. Topics included response action alternatives and asbestos work practices. (2000-2001)
- Advisory Committee Member, Asbestos Cement Pipe Training – California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Sacramento, California. Participated in the advisory committee to develop a regulation establishing the process for approval of asbestos cement pipe specific training under Cal/OSHA. Committee produced by consensus the proposed criteria for submission to the California Standards Board. (2000)
- Subject Matter Expert, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch – California Department of Health Services, Oakland, California. Attended twelve full-day sessions to assist with the formation and review of the state-wide lead-related construction certification exams for Inspector/Assessor, Project Monitor, and Project Designer. These examinations are required for lead-related construction professionals who work in residential and public buildings under the federal Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, also known as “Title X”. (1998-2000)
- Instructor, Environmental Management Program – University of California at Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, California. Conducted a 4.5-hour lecture and workshop five times per year for the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)-accredited Management Planning for Asbestos initial training course. Topics included (1) evaluation and interpretation of survey results; (2) hazard assessment and response action evaluation; (3) evaluation and selection of control options; and (4) cost estimation and financing abatement projects. (1997-2001)