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Meet Daniel C. Maser, M.S., CIH, CSP, ROH

Dan Maser
Mr. Maser has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of environmental, fire protection, industrial hygiene, and safety compliance.

He has extensive experience in conducting comprehensive industrial hygiene surveys in general industry and construction, safety inspections, emergency incident response, chemical safety programs, application of engineering controls, construction safety, hazardous waste and emergency regulations, indoor environmental quality studies, and employee training.

He serves as an expert for several law firms concerning such cases as bio-aerosol exposures, property damage due to water intrusion, worker chemical exposures, confined space incidents, chemical explosions, and OSHA regulations.

Mr. Maser is one of the founding partners of Enviroair Consultants, Inc., where he still serves as President. Within Enviroair, he manages and directs all comprehensive safety and industrial hygiene consulting services. He has mentored multiple employees over the years. An example of one of his brightest and most successful employees is Laura Randall, MS, CIH. Ms. Randall had worked for Enviroair for more than 13 years helping him build a solid reputation for the company.

He also provides technical assistance to Argus-Hazco for safety and industrial hygiene equipment applications.

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Mr. Maser has given numerous presentations to his peers at functions such as the annual Michigan Safety Conference. He presented a class with Mr. Robert Allen, MS, CIH on the Fundamentals of Local Exhaust Ventilation for the members of the Western Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society. Mr. Maser and Mr. Allen taught the same course for several years as a professional development course (PDC) at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHCE), and reached one of the top ten rated PDCs. Mr. Maser also jointly presented a Mold Research and Practice presentation at the 2007 Michigan Safety Conference with the renowned Dr. Harriet Burge.

Some of Mr. Maser’s other achievements while at Enviroair include:

  • Expert Witness services for several law firms in legal cases involving bio-aerosol sampling and exposures, building water intrusion and remediation, confined space entry, and chemical explosions. He provides regular expert services in the area of bio-aerosols to larger legal firms such as Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer and Weiss, P.C.; Dykema Gossett PLLC; and Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff. Mr. Maser played an integral role in helping some of these firms defeat class action cases against their clients.
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    For one of his noted mold cases, he presented to the Judge, after a “Dalbert Hearing,” how the opposing side used inadequate and poor science to formulate their conclusions. This resulted in millions of dollars of savings for the client.
  • Industrial hygiene oversight during the restoration of the Blue Water Bridge between Port Huron, Michigan (United States) and Sarnia, Ontario (Canada), after two Iron Workers were admitted to the hospital for over exposure to lead and cadmium.
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    He helped set up the safety and health practices and guidelines for abrasive blasting, metal grinding, “Hell Dogging” rivets, and steel torching cutting and welding during the rebuild of this international bridge. This project lasted more than two years. Four different construction Safety Directors provided project safety oversight. At the end of the project, Mr. Maser was asked to also serve as the Project Safety Director.

    This major international project was also overseen by a Washington D.C., Safety and Health Committee, Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), which was chaired by Dr. Eula Bingham.
    During a post-project meeting in Washington D.C., the National Iron Worker’s Union business representative advised Dr. Bingham that Mr. Maser was the only safety and health representative on this project that they felt truly made an effort to protect their health and safety. Mr. Maser was advised that Dr. Bingham had stated that, based upon the lead exposure records and the number of workers on this project, the restoration project was a success in protecting the workers from lead overexposure.
  • Developing custom sampling and analytical protocols for a major salt mining company, Mr. Maser worked with a Wisconsin Industrial Hygiene Laboratory to assist in assessing worker exposures to diesel exhaust, sulfur dioxide, oxygen, and combustible hydrocarbons.
    During the two years of studies, exposure assessments were performed in the salt mines below the Detroit River, under Lake Erie, and under the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the studies were performed approximately 1,300 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. With the employee exposure data that Mr. Maser generated, the company’s engineering staff was able to modify their equipment and operations, which resulted in a 70 percent reduction in employee exposures to the diesel emissions generated within these mines.
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  • Mr. Maser was asked to help a major university hospital with air quality studies during surgical procedures. The objective was to assess the possible risk of increased infection to bacteria of the normal flora that could act as opportunistic pathogens during the lowered immunity caused by the trauma of the operation, and of possible human-based pathogens in the operating room. Knowing that there are about 4 quadrillion bacteria in the human body, and as many as 1,000 species of bacteria that live on the skin, Mr. Maser knew the sampling methods needed to be uniquely designed. Thus, special sets of agar plates were prepared by the microbiological laboratory with respective antibiotics to control the growth of certain strains of bacteria. This allowed for the opportunity to see those weaker bacteria that may only pose a real risk with compromised patients.
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    Several operating rooms were scheduled for testing, and they were all tested first after being fully cleaned and sanitized to establish a background level in the respective rooms. Airborne bacterial tests were performed during the removal of burned tissue, a hysterectomy, an esophageal replacement, an intervertebral disk replacement, and bone surgery. Additional samples were collected in the semi-sterile areas immediately outside the operating rooms and within the sterile hallways between the operating rooms.
    Our study showed that though there was a gradual increase in human-based bacterial burden in the controlled areas outside the operating rooms as the day progressed, the sterile laminar flow air curtain and proper donning of sterile surgical garb inside the operating rooms prevented a bioaerosol build-up and protected the patients from possible increased infection from human-based bacteria. This was the first such air study the hospital was aware had been done to actually prove, from an air quality point of view, that the systems and practices protect the patients.
  • A large Michigan hospital had a number of terminal cancer patients die from pneumonia. The hospital’s Infection Control Department developed a concern that the rate of pneumonia cases seemed high, so they contacted Mr. Maser to set-up and conduct a study for Legionella bacteria.
    Mr. Maser designed the sampling strategy in conjunction with hospital staff from the Infection Control Department. The first round of testing verified that the hospital did have an issue with elevated Legionella bacteria counts in the potable water supply to certain patient rooms. With this information in hand, Mr. Maser assisted the hospital Facility Engineering and Infection Control staff in developing a plan to correct the condition.
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    This was done through both chemical and thermal water treatment, and continuing with a regimented sampling schedule to verify that all areas of the hospital were free of, and controlled from, further issues of elevated Legionella bacteria counts.
    After several rounds of water tests, Mr. Maser was able to verify that one of the bacterial reservoirs was coming from the City water line into the hospital. Since the hospital could not control the City water supply, they installed a special chemical water treatment operation where the water supply entered the building. With the efforts and expertise provided by Mr. Maser, the hospital has gone several years without issues of increased Legionella bacteria counts in the potable water supply within the hospital.
  • Served as a Certified Industrial Hygienist for the “Mothballing” of the R nuclear reactor at the Savannah River Department of Energy Site in South Carolina.
    For this project Mr. Maser provided guidance in the sampling methods to be used for lead, cadmium, chromium VI and noise during the dismantling of a gantry crane from the top of the nuclear reactor. He also served on-site providing project preparation, and sampling equipment selection. Mr. Maser worked with the Savannah River Site Project Safety Officers and contractor safety officers.
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  • The Dragun Company selected Mr. Maser to help them develop the sampling plans, and worker and residential safety plans, and emergency plans for the clean-up of lead contaminated soil from residential areas of two towns. These towns had developed heavy top soil contamination from lead due to emissions from bearing manufacturing plants. Mr. Maser helped Dragun develop the sampling and safety plans that were submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MI-DEQ).

    Once the clean-up plans were approved, Mr. Maser worked on-site for several years collecting air samples to ensure residential homes were not being exposed to excess airborne concentrations of lead during the soil removal, as well as monitoring the remediation worker’s exposures. Based upon the remediation plans put in place and the sampling performed, we were able to demonstrate that no homes were exposed to airborne concentrations of lead in excess of MI-DEQ guidelines during the entire project. The efforts were also successful enough to demonstrate that workers remained significantly below the lead “Action Level” for the entire project.
  • In 2010 The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) recognized Mr. Maser as a “Fellow”. These are individuals that have been nominated by their colleagues and recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the industrial hygiene field.
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    The distinguished Fellows are honored each year during the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce). The Fellow designation is limited to no more than five percent of the AIHA membership.
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    To help protect the health of our United States Military Soldiers, Mr. Maser participated in simulation studies of drone shelters at Eglin AFB. These shelters were subjected to Afghanistan desert conditions within a test chamber, while Mr. Maser helped design the methods for, and tested, the environmental conditions within the chambers under various conditions to determine if the pilot control shelter would protect the health of the soldiers in a real work situation. Multiple studies were done to assist the shelter manufacture make design changes to help protect the health and safety of our soldiers.
  • In 2014, Mr. Maser designed an automated sequential sampling system that would allow the military to determine the airborne concentrations of missile emissions over time and distance. This system was designed to collect data with minimal human interface to help the military determine when air concentrations would be safe for military personnel to enter and approach different zones to the missile bays. Due to funding issues, the sampling system was never built.
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