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Our Instructors

Our trainers are experienced consultants and contractors who share tested, practical approaches to real-world problems and concerns. Several of our instructors taught in UC Berkeley’s Asbestos and Lead courses for that program's 29 years in existence. Several have also been involved in developing and updating hazardous materials regulations and model curriculum. We learn from professionals in all aspects of the industry and share those informed perspectives in class.

Real-world health and safety experts

Barry R. Smith

Barry R. Smith is a Senior Project Manager at Forensic Analytical Consulting Services, Inc., with over 30 years' experience in environmental consulting, specializing in asbestos and lead inspections, air monitoring, clearances, and assessments.  He has trained refinery, healthcare, construction and school personnel in a variety of health and safety topics, including naturally occurring asbestos, asbestos and lead awareness, safety and respiratory protection, and fit testing. 

David T. Woods

David T. Woods began his environmental health, safety and training career in 1989.  As a consultant he has worked throughout the State of Michigan and across the country helping clients with Industrial Hygiene, Asbestos, Mold and Lead projects in mines, power plants, military sites, commercial, industrial and residential settings. As a trainer and active consultant Mr. Woods is able to break down the complexities of the regulations into real world applications with an understandable, real world approach.

Giovanni V. Fanelli

Giovanni “Gio” Fanelli has been working with asbestos since 1981. He began as an abatement equipment and consumables manager working for his Father Dominick V. Fanelli and Uncle Rudy S. Gonzales. He then joined the Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union working as an asbestos abatement worker and thermal system insulator, before becoming an asbestos abatement contractor and certified asbestos consultant. Gio has supervised, designed, inspected, and managed asbestos and lead abatement projects nationwide over the last 37 years. He has provided EH&S trainings around the Country for private clients and training institutions. Gio is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Safety Instructor (UCSD OTI). He assisted The State of California CSLB with developing the C-22 Asbestos Abatement Classification and publications like the Asbestos Open Book Exam and Consumers Guide to Asbestos 2018 and 2019.

Harold L. Stevens

Harold L. Stevens is a Senior Project Manager with Forensic Analytical Consulting Services. He joined Hazard Management Services in 1988 and continued with the firm when HMS and FACS merged, managing over 500 abatement projects within that time period. Prior to joining HMS, Harry worked with Twining Laboratories, Western States Testing, and U.S. Testing on soil, concrete and asbestos testing projects, and served as an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force for 7 years.

Hermes Parra

Hermes Parra has taught environmental health and safety courses, with an emphasis on the hazardous materials abatement industry, for over ten years. He is the owner and principal instructor for Parra Environmental Training in Concord, California. He also worked as a Certified Asbestos Consultant, performing surveys, overseeing abatement projects, designing project specifications, and performing final air clearances for commercial and military clients. 

Jeff Van Slooten

Jeff Van Slooten is the owner and principal consultant of The Lead Detective Agency, where he performs inspections and risk assessments for residential, public, and commercial buildings, and provides information and advice on interpretation of lab results and remediation strategies.  He has conducted training for HUD, EPA, and state lead certification programs since 2004. 

Peter F. Connell

Peter F. Connell is the Principal Scientist and founder of PFC Industrial Hygiene Consulting.  Pete has over thirty years' experience in environmental consulting with significant expertise in indoor air quality issues, hospital infection control, biological contamination and asbestos and lead. He has developed and revised curricula for the U.S. Navy, and served on advisory committees for the U.S. EPA, California Department of Occupational Safety and Health, New York State Department of Labor, and California Department of Health Services (now CDPH) to help write and change regulatory requirements. Pete has taught accredited Asbestos and Lead certification courses regularly since 1985. 

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