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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. 

Clifford A. Smith

Clifford Smith, Lead Insulator for UC Berkeley's Facilities Services department, began working as an asbestos and lead abatement supervisor in 1987.  At UC Berkeley, he has performed assessment, abatement, and demolition work of all kinds. Cliff helped develop hands-on training for and instructed in the Lead and Asbestos program at UC Berkeley's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health from 2008 to 2016.  

David B. McGrath, MS, CAC

David B. McGrath is the Rocky Mountain Regional Director and Corporate Training Director for Forensic Analytical Consulting Services. He 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, abatement monitoring, and litigation support/expert witness services.

David has a history of invitational service in shaping and refining California’s ACM and LBP regulations and standards.  In 2000, 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.  Between 1998 and 2000, at the invitation of the California Department of Health Services (Cal/DHS, now CDPH) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch, he assisted with the formation and review of the statewide lead-related construction certification exams.

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.

Gary B. Lowe

Gary is a Project Manager for Forensic Analytical Consulting Services with over 25 years of providing environmental and industrial health project management for military bases, airports, seaport buildings, government buildings, commercial buildings, residential complexes, K-12 and university facilities.


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.

Harry 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 U. 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. 

Jason B. Garrison

Jason Garrison is Environmental Program Manager for the County of Alameda., where he provides inspection, risk assessment, abatement monitoring, and project management services and advice for public housing, schools, county departments, and in residential and commercial settings .  He was an instructor for UC Berkeley's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Lead and Asbestos program from 1994 to 2016. 

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. 

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