Dr. William R. Sawyer is a Professional Toxicologist with a doctorate in toxicology from Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine and has over 30 years of extensive experience in Public Health and Forensic Toxicology. Forensic Environmental & Laboratory Analyses. Through education and experience, Dr. Sawyer has gained extensive expertise in Forensic Petroleum Analyses, Environmental and Clinical Forensic Analyses. With over 23 years of laboratory experience and over 14 years experience as a licensed environmental and forensic laboratory director in New York State, he has directed forensic laboratory analyses, sampling protocol and chain-of-custody in criminal and civil matters and has provided petroleum spill assessments to multiple clients including governmental environmental agencies (NYSDEC), Departments of Justice, various State Attorney General Offices (New York, Montana), defense and plaintiff law firms and industry. Petroleum spill and exposure assessment reports have provided an objective determination to within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty. Dr. Sawyer is a noted author having written numerous publications, abstracts, treatises and editorials on subjects within his field of expertise. He has also delivered professional presentations on the "Fundamentals of Medical Toxicology" and "Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)" to such entities as The American Board of Forensic Medicine & The American College of Forensic Examiners among others. Lisa Myers interviews Dr. Sawyer on NBC Nightly News As a Board Certified Toxicologist, Dr. Sawyer provides impartial toxicological evaluations involving:
Toxicology Epidemiology Industrial Hygiene Mold Asbestos Benzene Biomedical Engineering Accident Reconstruction Electrocution Building Related Disease Biomechanics Bed Bugs
Forensic MED Group’s team of exceptionally skilled and highly respected practitioners provide a full range of medical-legal services. Our experts provide direct evaluation services that result in clearly-stated opinions supported by substantial medical-legal evidence as well as relevant standards of practice and medical research.
Our clinical experts work alongside experienced and accomplished administrative personnel. Together, we possess a thorough understanding of all legal and necessary procedures ensuring accuracy and efficiency in evaluating and reporting.
FMG practitioners conduct detailed and meticulous medical-legal evaluations to provide clear, comprehensive, quality and timely services to all parties.
We offer evaluations for medical, psychiatric, psychological and comorbid conditions.
The following is a list of the services we provide:
Howard Spielman achieved his B.S. in Public Health from UCLA in 1956 and his M.A. in Health and Safety Science from CSULA in 1967. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Certified Asbestos Consultant and Certified Lead Inspector/Assessor and Project Monitor.
Mr. Spielman worked as an Industrial Hygienist for the City of Los Angeles for 4 years and for Northrop Corporation for 5 years. He was the Corporate Manager of Environmental Health and Safety for Hughes Aircraft Company for 7 years and for the past 45 years he has been the president of Health Science Associates, a full service consulting, technical services and training firm specializing in occupational and environmental health and safety solutions and litigation support.
Health Science Associates (HSA) is a full service consulting, technical and training firm specializing in Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Solutions. HSA was founded in 1970 by industrial hygiene pioneer Howard Spielman, CIH, CSP, SMS, REHS, CAC and has a long-standing reputation for setting and raising the standards for a wide range of services. Combining over 100 years of experience, their highly trained and certified team of industrial hygienists and safety professionals have a proven record of success providing solutions for industrial, commercial, governmental, association, professional, insurance, legal, community, residential, and academia. HSA's consulting practices include providing a wide range services that include, but are not limited to, traditional industrial hygiene evaluations and investigations, indoor air quality (IAQ) evaluations, and investigations, environmental evaluations and investigations, asbestos and lead-based paint (LBP) consulting services, and microbiological (i.e. bacteria and fungi) investigations and evaluations. Their consulting services also include specification preparation and monitoring and administration of the specification for a multitude of large and small projects, including asbestos abatement, LBP, mercury contamination, bird feces, and microbiological projects. They audit employer health and safety programs and write Operations and Maintenance (O & M) programs, respiratory protection programs, illness and injury prevention programs, and much more. Consulting Services:
Howard B. Spielman, President, CIH, CSP, SMS, REHS, CAC, is considered a pioneer in the Industrial Hygiene industry with more than 40 years of experience performing IAQ, Health, and Safety Reviews. He was a member of the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee that drafted California's first standard for the control of occupational exposure. He also provided input for legislative hearings that led to California's prohibition of asbestos in sprayed-on construction materials. Mr. Spielman has taught the "Managing and Controlling Asbestos Contamination/Exposure" course and significant portions of the AHERA Building Inspector and Management Planner courses offered by the University of Southern California's Institute of Safety and Systems Management. He also teaches HSA's in-house course which is equivalent to the AHERA supervisor course and OSHA competent person training. Mr. Spielman serves as a consultant for a variety of clients and has prepared numerous specifications for removal, renovation work, and maintenance activities. He also provides consultation to the legal profession and has been an expert witness in a variety of cases. Email Howard Spielman
Joel I. Berman, Vice President, CIH, CSP, CAC, CIAQM, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and a California Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC). Mr. Berman has also added the Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM) designation to his list of certifications. His duties include project oversight of HSA's professional and technician staff, project set-up, field investigations, report writing and review, etc. He has a BS in Business Administration with an option in Marketing from Long Beach State. Mr. Berman has been employed with HSA since 1985. He has performed various duties with HSA: technician; project manager; Industrial Hygienist; Director of Health and Safety Services; and Vice President. He has provided consulting to HSA's clientele on various health and safety issues including, but not limited to: asbestos; radon; mercury; indoor air quality; safety evaluation; program management; and in the Southern California area is a well known and respected expert witness in various areas of practice, including fungal contamination issues. Email Joel Berman
Kathy S. Jones — Vice President, CIH, CAC, LPM/IA, CIAQM, is responsible for technical management and quality control. She supervises the work of professional staff assigned to implement Industrial Hygiene sampling strategies designed by either herself or others. As a management consultant, Ms. Jones will also review client Industrial Hygiene and Safety programs to ensure that they are complete and that they meet or exceed the requirements set by Cal/OSHA; review and prepare client safety data sheets (SDSs); and provide professional training. Previously, Ms. Jones developed and directed HSA's fully accredited industrial hygiene laboratory for 13 years. Under her direction, the laboratory went from a single person laboratory to a staff of 30 full-time chemists operating seven days per week/18 hours per day. Certifications and accreditations, including full AIHA Laboratory Accreditation, State of California Drinking Water and Hazardous Waste Certification and National Institutes for Standards and Technology Accreditation in Bulk and Airborne Asbestos Analysis, were obtained under her direction. Currently, Ms. Jones is also a Site Assessor for the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Email Kathy Jones
Med Fit Consulting is an Occupational and Environmental Medicine Risk Prevention company. Med Fit provides consulting services to insurers, management, safety officers, and human resource officers to reduce corporate expenditures and risk in the areas of disability and workers' compensation, regulations such as OSHA, ADA, and FMLA, and improved worker health and wellbeing. Some corporations are uncertain of their needs and desire an overview assessment of their worksite to learn how they can increase compliance and improve their work environment. Examples of Med Fit Consulting services include:
Jerald L. Cook, MD, FACOEM, is Board certified in Occupational Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine. With additional experience in Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Dr. Cook has broad background experience, serving such industries as nuclear power, firefighters, healthcare workers, police officers, veterinarians, public service, transportation, military and veterans, warehousing and retail, environmental engineering, business services, and federal government. DDr. Cook is currently the Senior Medical Officer of the Occupational Health Department at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has served in various leadership and subject matter expert roles within his specialty. He provides OSHA compliant medical surveillance examinations, FMCSA certification examinations, and manages federal workers’ compensation injuries and illnesses.
Dr. Richard Troast, is the Principal for Troast Environmental Consulting (TEC). Dr.Troast is a recognized toxicology expert in assessing the risks of lead and other hazardouus chemicals to children and adults. Dr. Troast has successfully represented clients in both State and Federal District Court and has been accepted as an expert under both Frye and Daubert standards. Dr. Troast retired as a senior scientist within the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). In the EPA program Dr. Troast chaired both the Lead and Asbestos review programs which provided technical oversight to localities conducting cleanup actions. He was the recipient of several EPA awards for outstanding contributions during his tenure with the Agency. . View Expert Witness Profile