Andrew F. Oberta, MPH, CIH

The Environmental Consultancy

900 Route 620 South, Suite C101, M/S 101
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Maybe you don’t need a rocket scientist, but it helps

Welcome to Mars: Viking 1 lands on July 20, 1976

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(image: Viking Mission Museum)

Asbestos guru
Click here to see the July 26, 2011TV interview from Burlington, Vermont
   Rocket scientist
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April 16, 2017
Click here for my recollection of America's first years in space. See a video of an amateur rocket launch

Asbestos Litigation Support and Expert Witness Services
Attorney inquiries invited

UPDATED! Texas Asbestos Health Protection Rules – November 2016 Final Rules

Read the proposed rules, comments on draft rules and my comments on final rules

April 2016 draft revisions -- Read the draft rules and my comments

Air Volumes for PCM Clearance – How much do you need?

ASTM Asbestos Exposure Assessment Standard
ASTM D7886 Standard Practice for Asbestos Exposure Assessments for Repetitive Maintenance and Installation Tasks
It's all about Confidence!

What it is – How to use it
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Asbestos-Cement: Myths and Facts Why it matters

Confronting the International Asbestos-Cement Industry
A challenge and call to action with a Powerpoint presentation you are welcome to use!
See my presentation at the 2012 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization conference on YouTube

Wallboard: It’s more than joint compound Find out why
Pump, rotameter, cassette or Pump, cassette, rotameter: Does it matter?
More than you could possibly want to know about HEPA Filtration

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Asbestos training and information technology products

Asbestos Management Software

Read my NEW book -- just published!

ASTM Manual on Asbestos Control: Surveys, Assessment, Abatement, and Maintenance, 3rd Edition

Covers these topics and ASTM standards*

Building surveys for ACM (ASTM E2356)
Assessment of ACM (ASTM E2356)
Removal of ACM (ASTM E1368, ASTM E2356)
Encapsulation of ACM (ASTM E1494)
Settled dust sampling (ASTM D5755, ASTM D7390)
Exposure assessments (ASTM D7886)
Asbestos cement products (ASTM E2394)
Vermiculite insulation
Naturally occurring asbestos
Asbestos in soil (ASTM D7521)

350 page on-line publication for only $97 from ASTM International

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Andy Oberta is an asbestos guru -- and a former rocket scientist. He holds the unique combination of Aeronautical Engineering and Master of Public Health degrees. An internationally-recognized expert on asbestos control, he provides special consultation services for problems and projects of an unusual or confidential nature, expert witness services for litigation related to asbestos health effects and the management of asbestos-containing materials, and asbestos training services and products.

Andy is Certified in Comprehensive Practice by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and is licensed as an Asbestos Consultant in Texas. He is accredited according to EPA asbestos regulations as an Inspector, Management Planner and Project Designer for schools and for public, commercial and industrial buildings.

Andy is a Past-President of the Environmental Information Association, chaired the AIHA Asbestos Subcommittee and is an AIHA Fellow. He is the technical contact responsible for five asbestos control standards under the jurisdiction of ASTM Sub-committee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos and was chairman of the ASTM Task Group on Asbestos Management that developed these standards. Andy Oberta is the author of the ASTM Manual on Asbestos Control: Surveys, Removal and Management – Second Edition, which explains the use of these standards. Early in his career, he was a member of the American Rocket Society and worked on the largest solid propellant rocket motors ever made.

Andy Oberta supports the activities of the Texas Hill Country Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (, the Environmental Information Association (, ASTM International ( and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (

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