Asbestos Expert in Passive Exposure from Vermiculite Packaging Materials

Case Description:

An asbestos expert in mineralogy and the relation of asbestos to vermiculite was needed for a product liability case. The plaintiff alleged asbestos exposure from vermiculite packaging materials. Vermiculite has been previously linked to asbestos related illness.

IMS ExpertServices was asked to find experts possessing specific experience in passive exposure to airborne asbestos. An expert was needed to opine as to the presence of asbestos in vermiculite and the related exposure hazard.

Experts Presented:

  • Asbestos

    This expert has more than 30 years of experience in the identification and quantification of asbestos. He is a regular consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency on asbestos-related matters including testing, hazardous emergency response and standards. He conducted an EPA study of asbestos in vermiculite deposits in the 1970's and published a manual of analytical methods for the determination of asbestos in vermiculite. He is an experienced expert witness on issues related to asbestos in vermiculite. IMS Reference #4978305

  • Airborne Particles

    This airborne particles expert has spent 30 years developing techniques for characterizing respirable particles. He developed the first computer-controlled methods for determining the size and composition of airborne asbestos particles in an automated fashion. In the early 1980s, he was retained by the EPA to design a state-of-the-art particle characterization laboratory. He is an experienced expert witness on issues of asbestos exposure assessment, particle characterization and physical testing. IMS Reference #4978308

  • Mining and Mineral Processing

    This mining and mineral processing expert is a mining engineer with more than 20 years experience analyzing asbestos-containing materials and designing studies to measure potential asbestos release. He is considered an authority on the exposure to asbestos through passive activities. He has been qualified as an asbestos expert in State and Federal courts and has previously testified to governmental and industrial standards for airborne asbestos. He is a member of the Society of Mining Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society for Testing and Materials, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. IMS Reference #4978390

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