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Gossman Forensics

Gossman Forensics

103 South Main Street
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

Phone(563) 652-2822
Fax (563) 652-2824

Website www.gossmanforensics.com
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Gossman Forensics is an international chemical and environmental forensics company. Our experience spans over 40 years of industrial, regulatory and environmental activities. The focal point of Gossman Forensics service is a rapid response to client needs with accurate, competent professionalism.

Services

Gossman Forensics offers a wide range of expertise including:

Testimony on industrial burn accident
Report source of fatal fire at hazardous waste mgmt facility
Expert report on railcar explosion
Waste recycling patent dispute analysis
Report on explosion cause at an HWF storage facility
Assisted in prep of testimony for permit hearings
Forensic examination to determine fire/explosion cause
Analysis of litigated odor complaints
Numerous fire/explosion investigations
Report on adequacy of product labeling

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

Additional Expertise:

PCBs, Dioxins, Industrial waste recycling.

Profile

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., Chief Investigator, Gossman Forensics (a division of ChemRight Laboratories, Inc.), Owner, Hidden Bluffs Farm and Sole Proprietor, TreeFarmProducts.com. He has been Manager, Cement Kiln Services for Safety Kleen Corp.; Manager, Business Development for McKesson Envirosystems; and Technical Director for Systech Corp. During his professional scientific career, he developed a large number of the commercially available systems for utilizing waste as fuel in cement kilns. Over the last sixteen years he has provided expert witness and investigation services in matters of fires, explosions, chemical releases, personal injury, enforcement actions and similar issues related to litigation support. Prior to entering the hazardous waste management field in 1980, he held a 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: Air Quality; Waste Management; Molecular Spectroscopy and Separation Science; Occupational Health and Safety; and Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action. Over the years David Gossman has been involved in the process of developing, reviewing and approving numerous ASTM standards. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Society of Environmental Forensics, the National Fire Protection Association, the National Association of Fire Investigators, the Forensic Expert Witness Association and is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA)-Section of Environment, Energy & Resources and Section of Tort Trial & Insurance Practice. He is a licensed Private Investigator and is on the Technical Advisory Board of Core Technology Development Group, LLC. He is a named inventor on five patents granted by the US Patent Office.

Consulting Practice

All States

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Professional Experience

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.


Licenses

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.


Affiliations

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
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member National Fire Protection Association
Member National Association of Fire Investigators


Qualifications

Chief Investigator - Gossman Forensics
President Gossman Consulting Inc.
President Chemright Laboratories Inc.
Owner - TreeFarmProducts.com and Hidden Bluffs Farm


Seminars & Training

2014 International Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation Training Program - March 10-13, 2014
International Symposium on Fire Investigation, Science and Technology - September 24-26, 2018


Publications

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


Education

College of Natural Science - Michigan State University

Master of Science, June 1979. Interdisciplinary Physical Science: advanced analytical chemistry, exploration geophysics, climatology, management/communications and thesis.

Bachelor of Science, June 1977. Major in Interdisciplinary Physical Science: extensive background in chemistry, physics, mathematics and geology. Additional courses in engineering, cartography and climatology.

Hanover College Hanover, Indiana

First two years of B.S. Courses in chemistry, physics, geology and mathematics.


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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 Fires and Explosions - Evidence Gathering and Preservation

Proper evidence gathering, documentation and sample preservation is critical to a successful fire/explosion investigation.

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