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Mirer Franklin E.

E-mail: franklin.mirer@sph.cuny.edu

Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Urban Public Health Program, School of Health Sciences
Hunter College, City University of New York

Franklin E. Mirer is a toxicologist and certified industrial hygienist. His primary scientific interest is exposure and risk assessment in the occupational environment, and the interaction of science and policy in setting public health regulations, emphasizing chemical exposure.
Dr. Mirer is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Hunter College School of Health Sciences. Previously, he served as Director of the UAW Health and Safety Department from 1982 to 2006, and participated in each round of automobile industry collective bargaining since 1976. Among other results, those negotiations established major jointly administered funds for research and training. Dr. Mirer also administered training grants from NIEHS and OSHA.
Dr. Mirer received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University in 1972, and trained further as a Research Fellow in Toxicology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He joined the UAW staff in 1975 and was named Director of the Health and Safety Department in 1982.
Dr. Mirer serves on the Institute of Medicine Framework Committee to Review NIOSH Research Programs and the Hazard Abatement Board of the New York State Department of Labor. He served on the OSHA Metalworking Fluid Standards Advisory Committee, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences Research and Training, the National Academy of Sciences Committees on Institutional Means for Risk Assessment, Risk Assessment Methodology, and the Review of the Health Effects Institute. He also served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Toxicology Program, an IARC Working Group, the CDC Injury Advisory Committee and the NIOSH Safety and Occupational Health Study Section.
Dr. Mirer developed and delivered testimony before OSHA regarding a dozen health and safety standards, including coordinating successful labor campaigns for standards for formaldehyde, methylene chloride and energy lockout. He has testified before House and Senate Committees on occupational safety and health and regulatory policy matters, including ergonomics, more than a dozen times. He has co-authored scientific papers in exposure assessment, risk assessment and epidemiology.
Dr. Mirer was inducted into the National Safety Councilís Health and Safety Hall of Fame. He received the APHA Occupational Safety and Health Section Alice Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Presidentís Safety Award from Ford Motor Company and is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He also holds appointments as an Adjunct Professor at the Michigan School of Public Health, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and Visiting Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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