Mr Franklin Muchiri is an Occupational Hygienist and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Team Lead at the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health (LABADMIN/OSH) Branch at the International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva since 2017.
A key area of his work is the guidelines on biohazards at work in collaboration with the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA).
Mr Muchiri trained in Kenya and the UK and began his career in OSH in 1979 when he joined the Directorate of Occupational safety and Health, Ministry of Labour, Kenya, where he established a biological laboratory. In 2001 he was appointed Director of the department and then joined the ILO in 2003 at the Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa in Ethiopia. From 2010 to 2017 he worked at the ILO-Decent Work Team for Eastern and Southern Africa in South Africa, where he provided technical support to countries in the sub-region in strengthening their national OSH systems.
Mr Muchiri’s research interests include studies of workers exposed to lead, silica dust and cotton dust. He was one of the pioneer founders of the Africa Newsletter on occupational health and safety, with support from the ILO and WHO.