Expert Witness

Joe Spurgeon, Ph.D., Certified Industrial Hygienist

(1993 – 2012)

Phone: (714) 719-5020
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Dr. Spurgeon


Dr. Spurgeon has qualified as an Expert Witness in (1) microbial IAQ investigations (mold, allergens, etc.), and (2) wildfire smoke residues.

Dr. Spurgeon

Certified Industrial Hygienist (1993-2012)



Dr. Spurgeon met the qualifications for a dual Doctorate while attending the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, as an Air Pollution Fellow.

  • DrPH: Graduate School of Public Health (Environmental Health)
  • Ph.D.: Graduate School of Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry)
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice (1993 – 2012)

Areas of Expertise

Mold, sewage, allergens and Legionella in the indoor environment

  • Residential and commercial properties
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Wildfire smoke and contaminants
  • Soot, char, and irritant chemicals
  • Chemical exposures
  • Airborne and surface contaminants


    • Lead CIH on IAQ investigations of numerous commercial buildings
    • Thousands of IAQ investigations in residential properties
    • Over 20 years of experience as an Expert Witness
    • Extensive experience analyzing and interpreting sample results
    • Review of case documents and formulate opinions in simple language
    • Expert reports based on supported facts whenever possible

    Field Investigations

    Microbial Investigations

    • Contents, US Air Flight 1549 [“Miracle on the Hudson”]
    • 40-story office tower, New Orleans, LA (Hurricane Katrina)
    • 13-story hotel, Anaheim, CA
    • US DOT headquarters building, Washington, DC
    • NOAA office towers, Silver Springs, MD
    • US EPA laboratory facility, Golden, CO
    • DHHS/SSA process center, Richmond, CA (Legionella)
    • 200-unit condominium complex, Santa Ana, CA
    • Apartment and houses, Houston, TX
    • Condominium, Snow Mass, CO
    • Condominium, San Francisco, CA
    • Gerald Ford residence, Fairfax, VA
    • Erin Brokovich residence, Agoura Hills, CA
    • Frank Lloyd Wright house, Virginia Beach, VA

    Wild Fire Smoke

    • Residential properties, Austin, TX
    • Senior Scientist, Combustion Toxicology Laboratory, FAA

    Hostpitals and health care facilities

    • Mold remediation projects
    • HVAC replacement project
    • Incident responses
    • Baseline sampling
    • Water quality surveys

    Chemical Contaminants

    • Health Assessments, hazardous waste sites
    • Chemical laboratories, air and surface contaminants
    • Toxic gases from burning man-made materials
    • Formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, etc. in the indoor air

    Expert Witness



    • Bayshore Environmental, Technical Consultant and Expert Witness
    • US Public Health Service, Consultant: IAQ investigations; Laboratory Exposure Assessment Project
    • US EPA, Environmental Scientist: Manager: Residential Initiative on Indoor Air Quality
    • CDC/ATSDR, Environmental Health Scientist: Health Assessments & Consultations
    • Social Security Administration, Senior Industrial Hygienist
    • Federal Aviation Administration, Senior Research Chemist: Director, Combustion Toxicology Laboratory
    • National Institutes of Science & Technology, Research Chemist: Lead Paint Poisoning Program
    • Bayshore Environmental Laboratory, Inc., Owner: Asbestos laboratory and consultant
    • Baywind Associates, Inc., Owner: Class A general contractor and residential builder