Our Team

Expert Witness Asbestos Industrial HygieneJerome Spear, CSP, CIH

Jerome is President of J.E. Spear Consulting, LP and has over 26 years of experience helping organizations prevent injuries and illnesses, control losses, and achieve regulatory compliance. He is both a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Jerome held the positions of Technical Services Manager for XL Specialty Risk Consulting (a division of XL Specialty Insurance Company) and Corporate Industrial Hygiene Manager for Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, a worldwide steel fabricator and construction company.

He has a BS degree in industrial engineering (with a specialty in systems safety engineering) from Texas A&M University and a MBA from Sam Houston State University. He is also an adjunct instructor for Texas A&M University, School of Rural Public Health.

Jerome is regularly retained as an expert witness on asbestos, industrial hygiene, personal injury, and OSHA matters.

In March of 2017, the AIHA Board of Directors approved Jerome’s nomination as an AIHA Fellow. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the AIHA Nominating and Awards Committee, and the AIHA Board of Directors all agreed that he is deserving of this high recognition. Only five percent of the AIHA membership can qualify for the Fellow Award, which is given to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of industrial hygiene.

2016-Shelley BrewerShelley Brewer, CSP, DrPH

Shelley has over twenty (23) years of HSE experience in the oil/gas, petrochemical and construction industries. She has worked as a Corporate Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Director with CB&I, a Senior Loss Control Consultant with both ChemPlan, Inc. and XL Environmental. She has extensive experience in the development, implementation and management of ISO- and OHSA-certified HSE systems. Shehas provided compliance auditing, permitting assistance and HSE training for numerous fixed facilities and large projects worldwide.

Shelley has a doctorate in public health from The University of Texas–Houston specializing in Occupational Injury and Illness Prevention as well as a MS degree in environmental management and a BS in safety management. She is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Registered Environmental Professional,a Field Safety Loss Control Representative (Texas and Arkansas), and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Michael Garner

Michael has more than 16 years of experience in construction-related fields and more than 15 years of experience in the asbestos industry. He has participated in hundreds of asbestos surveys and/or abatement projects, including projects for British Petroleum, Devon Energy Offshore, Air Liquide, U.S. Department of Defense, the Texas Department of Transportation, the City of Houston, Spectra Energy, Time Warner Communications, Spring Independent School District, AMC Theatres, Habitat for Humanity and Columbus Community Hospital. Michael is an Adjunct Instructor for the Texas A&M University, Texas Engineering Extension (TEEX) EPA Asbestos Model Accreditation Program (MAP) for asbestos inspectors, management planners, supervisors, and air monitoring technicians. Michael also has experience conducting industrial hygiene sampling surveys for various analytes, which include noise, hydrocarbons, paint vapors, hexavalent chromium, welding fumes, metals, manganese, inorganic lead, crystalline silica, asbestos and other fibers, respirable dust, and inhalable particulates.

Georg Marcum

Georg specializes in DOT safety regulations. He was previously the DOT Compliance Manager for United States Environmental Services (USES), which included managing 205 drivers and 600 units spread across 10 states. He also held the position of Corporate Safety Manager for a construction contracting firm and Chief Petty Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard. He served for more than 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard in various capacities, which included search and rescue and environmental response duties. Currently, George helps companies comply with the federal motor carrier safety regulations. He conducts mock compliance reviews (DOT audits), insurance loss control surveys, and provides DOT-related training.

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Douglas Smith, CSP

Doug has over forty-five (45) years of experience in the mobile crane, rigging and heavy equipment field working in the oil/gas, petrochemical, manufacturing and construction industries.  He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B30 Safety Codes and Standards Main Committee.  Doug is a member and past chairman of both the ASME B30.6 Derricks and ASME B30.14 Sideboom Tractor committees.  He also serves as a member of the B30.7 Winches committee and is a contributing member of the ASME B30.26 Rigging Hardware committee.  Doug held the position as Global Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Education and Training Director for CB&I and was the subject matter expert for mobile cranes, derricks, rigging, overhead cranes, lift trucks and aerial work platforms.  He was also responsible for reviewing and approving critical lift plans in collaboration with CB&I’s Corporate Construction Technology Group.