Alumnus Garrett Brown Honored by AIHA

Garrett Brown speaking at the 2010 COEH Symposium (Photo John Minardi)

Garrett Brown and the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network (MHSSN) he helped found are the 2010 winners of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's (AIHA) Rachel Carson Environmental Service Award.

AIHA's Environmental Issues Committee presented the award to Brown in May 2010 at its national conference in Denver, Colorado. Each year, AIHA recognizes environmental health science (EHS) professionals who attain outstanding success in their business, profession or life's work. “The award is the highest honor bestowed upon an EHS professional or group by the Environmental Issues Committee,” according to the AIHA.

Brown is a compliance safety and health officer for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) and is a COEH Advisory Committee member. He graduated from UC Berkeley's M.P.H program in 1991. MHSSN, the organization he coordinates, is a volunteer network of 400 EHS professionals who provide information, technical assistance and on-site instruction regarding workplace hazards to worker- and community-based organizations in the developing world. The Network started with workers in foreign-owned assembly plants along the US -Mexico border in 1993, but MHSSN partners have expanded to include projects in Indonesia, China and Central America and the Caribbean.

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