1. Provide review of ADAO educational materials for accuracy and occupational/consumer effectiveness.
  2. Field inquiries and provide information about asbestos prevention and abatement.

ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Chair

BrentBrent Kynoch is the President of Kynoch Environmental Management, Inc. (KEM), which was formed in 1996 to provide value engineered consulting services within the asbestos abatement industry. Kynoch has been a leader in the asbestos abatement industry since 1984. KEM’s licensed Asbestos Inspectors and Management Planners have provided extensive service in support of federal AHERA and NESHAP regulations. Over the years, they have successfully provided asbestos consulting for historic restorations, hospital renovations, and AHERA school abatement projects.


ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Members

Claire DeaconClaire Deacon (South Africa Occupational Safety & Health) Claire Deacon, Managing Member of OCCUMED cc has practiced as an Occupational Health Practitioner since 1982. Claire Deacon and Associates (cd&a) commenced in 2008. Claire obtained a General Nursing Diploma at Groote Schuur Hospital and qualified in Occupational Health at the University of Stellenbosch. She has completed various degrees: a B.Tech in Occupational Health at Peninsula Technikon; BSc Med [Honours] in Ergonomics at the University of Cape Town, and a Masters in Nursing [MCur] [by research] at the University of Port Elizabeth [UPE]. She is currently registered for a PhD Construction Management at NMMU. Claire has received her Professional Construction H&S Agent status with the SACPCMP (CHSA 010/2013), and serves as a Council member on the 4th term council, appointed by the Minister or Public Works.

Tom Laubenthal photoTom Laubenthal (US Training & Regulations) is the Training Supervisor & Technical Chief for The Environmental Institute in Marietta, GA. He has more than 31 years of industry service and is considered a nationally recognized expert within the asbestos and lead-based paint control industries. He has worked as a Technical Expert for the NIST/NVLAP PLM laboratory accreditation program since 1988; held a variety of leadership roles including as a past National President of the Environmental Information Association; served on a variety of national-level professional association committees; and recently managed the complete revision of the EPA’s 1985 document “Guidance for Controlling Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings” known as the “EPA Purple Book.” He has served on EPA and NVLAP regulatory review panels, has published extensively in print and e-media, and is regularly invited to speak at technical meetings on topics of asbestos detection and control. He received his B.S. in Geology from Georgia State University.

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John Newquist (US Occupational Safety & Health) is an independent safety trainer, author, and consultant. He has been interviewed for his safety expertise and OSHA insight by NPR, BNA, Safety + Health Magazine, Mother Jones, and several more. He works with numerous companies to address their OSHA and safety compliance needs. He has a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University. He is a Certified Safety Professional. He has taught hundreds of safety seminars across the country including the National VPPPA, Construction Safety Conference, American Society of Safety Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, and numerous Building Trade Councils. He worked for OSHA from 1983-2012 and was also the Area Director of the Peoria Area Office. He currently teaches safety classes at the Construction Safety Council.

Tony RichTony Rich has literally served ‘in the trenches’ as an industrial hygienist and environmental technician in the consulting field for the past 21 years, specializing in asbestos-related work, including: inspection surveys, abatement monitoring/sample analyses, project management, regulatory compliance, and worker training. He has also received microscopy training from McCrone Research Institute for identification of bulk asbestos via polarized-light microscopy (PLM). Through the course of his occupation and volunteer efforts, Tony has developed an extensive collection of asbestos-related photographs, product materials, artifacts, historical books, industry documents, film archives, and other related media which have been utilized in a multitude of applications for various organizations worldwide, including, but not limited to: product research, educational blogs and websites, informational presentations, corporate and governmental training programs, regulatory guidance documents, science and trade publications, university textbooks, museum exhibits, and even as legal evidence.

Mark Winter photoMark Winter (UK Training and Regulations). I have spent most of my working life in South Africa and Australia within the construction sector and the asbestos removal sector, returning to the UK in 2000 and establishing my own Asbestos Training Company specialising in Licensed Asbestos Removal Training. My strengths lie in technical, legal, training/education and the practical application of asbestos removal, innovation and development of products that enhance and aid the asbestos, silica, and dust creating sectors. I spent six years as the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) Policy and Technical Director and have been part of the UK’s HSE’s Asbestos Liaison Unit that governs, legislates, and provides guidance for the asbestos sector in the UK.

mark catlinMark Catlin is currently Occupational Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union, representing two million healthcare, service and public workers in the United States and Canada. An industrial hygienist and health and safety activist, since 1981, he has been involved with asbestos issues over his entire career, from investigating asbestos problems at work sites, schools and homes to conducting EPA and OSHA asbestos training for thousands of workers and managers. Mark has advocated for strong public policies to eliminate asbestos use and exposure. In the early 1990s, he was the clinic industrial hygienist for the Harborview Occupational Medicine Clinic at the University of Washington and conducted many occupational histories for workers with asbestos-related disease.