Health Science Associates Senior Staff Members
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Howard B. Spielman — CEO
CIH, CSP, CAC, SMS, CDPH I/A-PM
Considered to be a pioneer in the Industrial Hygiene industry, Howard B. Spielman, CIH, CSP, CAC, SMS, CDPH I/A-PM has more than 45 years of experience performing IAQ, health and safety reviews.
Most recently, Mr. Spielman has been selected as the recipient of the AIHA Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award for Outstanding OEHS Practice. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of the OEHS profession through demonstrated practical application of OEHS knowledge, advances in the practice of total work health, expanding the profession through active collaboration via alliances and partnerships, and the creation of tools applicable beyond the OEHS profession.
He was a member of the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee that drafted California's first standard for 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.
Joel I. Berman, is President of Health Science Associates, a full service Industrial Hygiene and Environmental consulting firm. Mr. Berman is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a Certfied Safety Professional in Comprehensice Practice and Safety Management Specialist (CSP), a California Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) and a California Department of Public Health Inspector/Assessor (I/A) and Project Monitor (PM). Mr. Berman has also added the Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM) designation to his list of certifications. Mr. Berman is tasked with providing strong leadership for the company by working with the board and other executives to establish short and long-term goals, plans and strategies. He is responsible for presiding over the entire workforce, managing budgets and making sure resources are allocated properly. He makes sure all departments meet their individual goals and are responsible for overall accountability. He encourages business development and acts as the public face of the company. Additionally, Mr. Berman is also responsible for mentoring and to help grow the next generation of Industrial Hygienists. 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 - microbiological contamination issues, toxic torts and asbestos.
Mr. Berman has served on the Orange County AIHA local section board for several years and is currently the OCAIHA representative on the California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC) Board. He is currently the Vice President for CIHC. He also serves on the Stewardship and Sustainability Technical Committee for the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Kathy S. Jones is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) in Chemical Aspects, a Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM), a California Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC), and a California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Lead Inspector/Assessor, Project Monitor and Project Designer. Her duties include project management, quality control, professional development, field investigations, report writing, expert witness testimony, etc. Kathy has a Bachelors degree in Chemistry with an emphasis in analytical chemistry and criminalistics from California State University, Fresno (1975).
Mrs. Jones performs Attorney-client privilege work; technical investigations and retrospective assessments (including accident re-construction) and expert witness testimony in workers compensation, civil, tort and product liabiliy cases.
Previously, as Vice President at Health Science Associates, she was responsible for technical management and quality control. She supervised the work of professional staff assigned to implement Industrial Hygiene sampling strategies designed by either herself or others. As a management consultant, Ms. Jones would also review client Industrial Hygiene and Safety programs to ensure that they were complete and that they meet or exceed the requirements set by Cal/OSHA; review and prepare client material safety data sheets (MSDSs); and provide professional training.
Ms. Jones also developed and directed HSA's fully accredited industrial hygiene laboratory for thirteen 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.