The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) selected the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network, co-founded by Garrett Brown, SPH '91, for its 2011 Social Responsibility Award. Brown, a member of COEH's Advisory Committee, accepted the honor on behalf of the Network at AIHA's annual conference held in Portland, Oregon.
Sponsored by Bureau Veritas North America, the award honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated ethical behavior in dealing with social, cultural, economic and environmental issues as part of AIHA's mission to protect worker health and safety.
Brown, recently appointed as a Special Assistant to new Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess, was a compliance safety and health officer for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health for 17 years, and he is a Fellow of the AIHA. He helped launch the volunteer Network of 400 occupational health and safety professionals in 1993 to improve conditions for maquiladora workers employed by primarily U.S.-owned transnational corporations along Mexico's northern border. Since its inception, the Network has expanded to include projects in Indonesia, China and Central America.
AIHA is a nonprofit organization established in 1939 to serve the needs of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor, academic institutions, and independent organizations.
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