Garrett Brown MPH, CIH

Garrett Brown is a retired Cal/OSHA official who has long been involved in the safety training of foreign workers and improving working conditions of foreign workers.

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Potential national implications of Cal/OSHA’s “new direction”

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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1. You say Cal/OSHA is heading in "new direction" due to the political preferences of Cal/OSHA's overseers. Describe the components of this "new direction." Why do you oppose it? Actually the term “new direction” was used by then-Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern and Department of Industrial Relations Christine Baker in explaining why they were dismissing then Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess via a forced resignation in September 2013.


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Former Cal/OSHA staffer says he witnessed political coup that forced out agency head

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess was instructed to attend a meeting at 11 am on September3, 2013 – the day after Labor Day – with California Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern and Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker at DIR’s Oakland Headquarters.


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Bangladesh blowback: Hopes for improved garment factory safety

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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For the first time in any global supply chain, genuinely independent inspections of garment factories are identifying and correcting life safety hazards that have killed hundreds of Bangladesh garment workers in recent years.


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Why you should care about Cal/OSHA’s budget and political troubles

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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A whistleblower complaint charging the Department of Industrial Relations with misuse of state and federal funds designated for Cal/OSHA, the state workplace health and safety agency, was filed with the California State Auditor on Tuesday, April 1st by a 20-yearveteran of the agency – me -- who retired in January 2014.


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Factory certification schemes pose danger to safety & health profession

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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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
By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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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"
By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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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?

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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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

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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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

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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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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