Environmental and Chemical Forensics Expert Witness
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Gossman Forensics offers a wide range of expertise including:
• Expert witness and consulting services for environmental attorneys and cases involving chemical accidents
• Fire and Explosion Investigations
• Analytical laboratory QA/QC plus audit performance
• Laboratory health and safety review
• Analytical laboratory trouble shooting
• RCRA Training, both initial and annual
• Regulatory interpretation, comment and compliance assistance
Incidents that prompt litigation do not just happen, they occur as the result of a string of decisions that can date to the initial facility design. Incidents routinely occur as a result of poorly designed or executed procedures including hiring and training practices, laboratory methods, sales and marketing strategies, maintenance and/or operations, ambiguous or conflicting regulations.
Proper analysis of these potential causes requires both technical and operational expertise.
As an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, David Gossman, BS, MS, FAIC, CFEI, Chief Investigator, Gossman Forensics, can provide expert technical assistance to legal counsel in litigation involving chemical and environmental forensics, hazardous waste materials, laboratory testing, hazardous materials handling, regulatory compliance, fires and explosions, accidents at hazardous waste management facilities and injury or chemical exposure claims due to hazardous materials or hazardous materials operations.
Litigation Support Services
Gossman Forensics can provide technical assistance to legal counsel in litigation involving chemical and environmental forensics, fire and explosions, hazardous waste materials, hazardous materials handling, regulatory compliance, fires and explosions at hazardous waste facilities and injury or chemical exposure claims due to hazardous materials or hazardous materials operations.
Areas of Expertise
PCB, Risk Test Burn, Dioxins, Recycling.
David Gossman has a B.S. and M.S. in Interdisciplinary Physical Science. He is:
♦ Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (FAIC)
♦ Member of ASTM Committees including:
♦ Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres
♦ Waste Management
♦ Molecular Spectroscopy and Chromatography
♦ Occupational Health and Safety
♦ Member of the American Chemical Society
♦ Member of the International Society of Environmental Forensics
♦ Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA) - Section of Environment, Energy & Resources
♦ Member American Association for the Advancement of Science
♦ Member Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA)
♦ Member of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
♦ Member of National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
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David Gossman has a B.S. and M.S. in Interdisciplinary Physical Science, is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (FAIC), and is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI). He is President, Gossman Consulting, Inc., President, ChemRight Laboratories, Inc., Vice President, Combustion Performance Services, Inc. and Managing Partner, Operations for ERAtech Group, LLC.
He has been the Manager of Cement Kiln Services for Safety Kleen Corp.; Manager, Business Development for McKesson Envirosystems; and Technical Director for Systech Corp. He has, over the last twenty-five years, developed a large number of the commercially available systems for utilizing hazardous waste as fuel in cement kilns.
Prior to entering the hazardous waste management field in 1980, he held a non‑teaching faculty position at the Michigan State University Heavy Ion Laboratory where he worked as an instrumentation engineer. He is currently serving on the American Institute of Chemists Editorial Review Board.
He is on various committees for ASTM International including: Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres; Waste Management; Molecular Spectroscopy; and Chromatography and Occupational Health and Safety. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, a member of the National Fire Protection Association, and a member of the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (FAIC)
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
Licensed Private Investigator for the State of Iowa
Legal Experience & Services
Gossman Forensics has the technical background and the needed communication skills to explain the science behind what happened and the real life operational experience to explain why it happened. Incidents that prompt litigation do not just happen, they occur as the result of a string of decisions that can date back to the initial facility design. Incidents may occur as a result of poorly designed or executed; maintenance procedures, hiring and training practices, laboratory procedures, sales and marketing strategies, etc. all of which require operational expertise to evaluate. Even a badly written regulation may contribute to the eventual incident. Clearly, the experience and expertise of Gossman Forensics can be a valuable aid in preparing for litigation.
Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (FAIC)
Member of ASTM Committees including:
Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres
Molecular Spectroscopy and Chromatography
Occupational Health and Safety
Member of the American Chemical Society
Member of the International Society of Environmental Forensics
Associate Member of the American Bar Association
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member National Fire Protection Association
Member National Association of Fire Investigators
Chief Investigator - Gossman Forensics
President – Gossman Consulting Inc.
President – Chemright Laboratories Inc.
Owner - TreeFarmProducts.com and Hidden Bluffs Farm
HWF Notes were published from November 1991 to December 1994
GCI Tech Notes were published from January 1995 to the present
GCI Publications were presented at various technical conferences and in various journals
Michigan State University - MS Interdisciplinary Physical Science
Michigan State University - BS Interdisciplinary Physical Science
Articles Published by Gossman Forensics
Forensic Investigations and Odors
Our sense of smell is alerted when molecules of a particular odorous substance travel into the nose. Receptor cells within the nasal cavity become stimulated and take hold of the odor molecules. The interaction generates electrical signals, which are shuttled to the brain by nerve cells. The brain perceives odors and often accesses memories to remind us about people, events and places associated with the sensations.Read Article
Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Evidence Collection and Laboratory Analysis
Evidence collection, handling, transportation and laboratory analysis in any fire and/or explosion plays a critical role in all aspects of an investigation and litigation. Ensuring the quality of evidence collected and analyzed in the laboratory is essential for origin and causation determination and also in litigation and case strategy.Read Article
Fires and Explosions - Hidden Evidence
Every fire and explosion scene has the potential to contain crucial evidence that is hidden or elusive. This evidence may be physically hidden under debris and ashes, or may be masked in the samples taken for laboratory analysis.Read Article
Fires and Explosions - Evidence Gathering and Preservation
Proper evidence gathering, documentation and sample preservation is critical to a successful fire/explosion investigation.Read Article