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CUNY Faculty Contributed to OSHA Posting Showing OSHA PEL’s are Out Of Date

When Dr. David Michaels, previously a CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College faculty member, became assistant secretary of labor for OSHA in 2009, he announced an initiative to update OSHA’s permissible exposure limits (PEL’s), which are largely unchanged since 1971. An early step of that project, recommended by labor, management, and public health stakeholders, was to compile a comparison of the OSHA PEL’s with more recently published enforceable limits from California OSHA, and recommendations from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). The ACGIH recommendations are highly influential internationally as well as in the United States. Dr. Franklin Mirer, program faculty member at CUNY, was prominent in the compilation of these limits and development of OSHA’s web page while serving at OSHA on an Interagency Personnel Mobility Act detail.