The MEMIC Group's Manager of Industrial Hygiene Luis F. Pieretti Appointed to CDC-NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors
(PORTLAND, ME) — U.S. Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran has appointed Luis F. Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP, WCP® of The MEMIC Group’s Loss Control Department to the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He will begin his four-year term on January 1, 2022.
The 15-member board is a federal advisory committee to provide advice on NIOSH’s occupational safety and health research and prevention programs. The BSC also provides advice on standards of scientific excellence, current needs in the field of occupational safety and health, and the applicability and dissemination of research findings.
“We are proud to have Dr. Luis F. Pieretti represent The MEMIC Group on the CDC-NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors,” says The MEMIC Group President and CEO Michael Bourque. “He is a leader in the industrial hygiene and safety field with a passion for research and education. In his seven years at MEMIC, he has developed guidelines for providing safety services to our policyholders, revamped many of our industrial hygiene policies and has served as a mentor and trusted advisor to his colleagues both inside and outside of the organization.”
Luis joined MEMIC in 2013 as a Safety Management Consultant and was promoted to Manager, Industrial Hygiene in 2016. He has more than 15 years of occupational safety, industrial hygiene and training experience in both the private and public sector. Prior to joining MEMIC, he held positions in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries and has worked as a safety and health consultant with USF SafetyFlorida’s OSHA On-site Consultation Program where he provided safety and industrial hygiene services to businesses in Florida. He maintains a relationship with the University of South Florida, College of Public Health where he teaches graduate level safety courses and serves on advisory committees for doctoral students.
Luis has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus where he earned a master’s degree in industrial hygiene. In addition, he earned his PhD in industrial hygiene from the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, and the American Society of Safety Professionals. He has also earned the Workers' Compensation Professional (WCP®) designation from AMCOMP.
One of Luis’s more recent accomplishments is his work to create The MEMIC Safety Research Center which launched in February 2021. The Research Center invites academic researchers to examine workforce safety challenges with the hope of finding solutions that reduce the frequency and severity of work-related injuries.
The MEMIC Group includes MEMIC Indemnity Company, MEMIC Casualty Company, and parent company Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company; all rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. As a super-regional workers’ compensation specialty insurer, The MEMIC Group holds licenses to write workers’ compensation across the country. The group insures more than 20,000 employers and their estimated 300,000 employees, and holds more than $1.5 billion in assets. The group maintains offices in New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, in addition to its headquarters in Portland, Maine.