Garrett Brown MPH, CIH

Garrett conducts workplace health and safety inspections for the State of California and has been coordinator of the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network with projects in Mexico, Central America, Indonesia and China since 1993.

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Factory certification schemes pose danger to safety & health profession

May 9, 2013
The integrity of the occupational health and safety profession is under threat as it is being drawn into “certifying” that sweatshop factories in global supply chains in the developing world are safe and meet international standards for protecting workers on the job.


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Fatal flaws of foreign factory audits

“A spectacular failure” to improve conditions
February 1, 2013
CSR monitoring has been a spectacular failure at improving working conditions.


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"A global supply chain of death traps"

Tragedies will continue "until workers' health and safety actually come first"
December 10, 2012

Words fail at times like this – another garment factory fire in Bangladesh; 112 dead and 150 injured; another round of despair and anguish for the workers and their families; another round of denials by international garment brands that they bear any responsibility; another round of promises by the brands and their contractors that they will “do better” while refusing to acknowledge that it is their “profits first and foremost” production system that has led to fire after fire after fire.


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Corporate Social Responsibility: What is it good for?

May 2, 2011

It happened again in Bangladesh in December 2010 - a fire in a garment factory killed 29 workers and hundreds were injured as they were suffocated, burned alive, trampled in stairwells, or leapt to their deaths from the 9th and 10th floors - because four of seven exit doors were locked.


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I2P2 will not be the end of human civilization

March 29, 2011
I must say that I'm amazed at the near-hysteria of some of your readers about having an OSHA leadership that actually tries to do its job rather than just process VPP applications and praise corporate declarations of their "commitment to excellence."
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"No sweat": In the Dominican Republic

October 1, 2010

The Alta Gracia Project pays more than twice the prevailing wage for garment workers, has a member-controlled trade union, and has made workplace health and safety a priority.


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Corporate Social Responsibility

May 7, 2009
It’s easy to “do the right thing” when times are good. But when times are tough, the truth emerges.
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Perils of a schizoid business model

September 2, 2008
Millions of workers in China’s contracted factories, in the “export processing zones” in Central America, Asia and Africa, and in the maquiladoras on the U.S.-Mexico border continue to work in dangerous, unhealthy workplaces.
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The two faces of Cal/OSHA

October 1, 2007
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health — Cal/OSHA — leads a schizophrenic existence. On one hand, the agency is considered by many to be the “premier state plan” among the 21 states with state OSHAs. On the other hand, it's been too starved of resources over the past decade to be able to rush to the rescue of the state’s 17 million workers.
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ISHN Global Watch: China proposes worker protection law

May 24, 2007
China is now finalizing a new “Labor Contract Law” to protect workers in the global economy’s “biggest factory floor,” but the proposal is hitting a wall of opposition from transnational corporations who are threatening to move their operations to other parts of Asia.
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