OHS Advisory Panel

The OHS Advisory Panel is available to support monitoring partners to detect and understand health hazards in factories, and to guide affiliates' engagement with suppliers on health and safety issues. If you believe you have the expertise to contribute to this work we welcome you to contact us.

Garrett Brown, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network

Garrett D. Brown, MPH, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and longtime member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Brown worked as a field compliance officer for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) for 18 years before becoming the Special Assistant to Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess. Brown retired from Cal/OSHA in 2014, but has returned as a part-time "retired annuitant" to assist the agency in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 1993, Brown founded the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network, a network of 300 occupational health professionals donating their time and expertise for projects with grassroots worker and community-based organizations in the developing world. Brown has been the volunteer Coordinator since its founding, and has organized projects with local groups in Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, China and Bangladesh.

Dr. Robert Harrison, Clinical Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Dr. Harrison has been with the California Department of Public Health and on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1984. He established the UCSF Occupational Health Services where he has diagnosed and treated thousands of work and environmental injuries and illnesses. He has designed and implemented numerous medical monitoring programs for workplace exposures, and has consulted widely with employers, health care professionals, and labor organizations on the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses. Dr. Harrison has led many work and environmental investigations of disease outbreaks. He has served as a technical and scientific consultant to Federal OSHA and CDC/NIOSH, and was a member of the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. He is currently the Director of the NIOSH-funded Occupational Health Internship Program, and Associate Director of the UCSF Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program. His research interests include the collection and analyses of California and national data on the incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses. Dr. Harrison has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 40 book chapters/contributed articles/letters to the editor. He is the co-editor of the most recent edition of the textbook Occupational and Environmental Medicine (McGraw-Hill Education, New York, NY, 2014).

Amanda Hawes, Expert on Electronics Industry Accountability for Workplace Toxics

Amanda Hawes has been an advocate for safe jobs and healthy families for more than 40 years. Co-founder of SCCOSH (Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health) in 1977, and Past President of the Board of Worksafe (a California based occupational Safety and Health advocacy organization), Amanda's focus has been the health impacts on workers and their offspring caused by chemical exposure in the High tech/electronics manufacturing industry, both in the US and in the many countries to which the industry has expanded. While fighting for health protective exposure standards, effective controls to minimize exposures and long-standing efforts to phase out of reproductive toxicants, she has also held electronics companies accountable in court when their failures to inform and to protect their own workers have caused cancers and other chronic diseases in workers and/or devastating birth defects in their offspring. She has successfully litigated many cases for electronics workers, helping them and their families to recover compensation for their illnesses caused by their work. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.

Dr. Darius Sivin, Principal Investigator, Health and Safety Department, The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)

Dr. Darius Sivin is an occupational health scientist and policy expert focusing on chemical hazards, indoor and outdoor air pollution, ergonomics, nanotechnology and infectious diseases. He has extensive experience leading worker training and working with government, academia, nonprofits, and unions to help ensure working environments are safe and allow people to enjoy healthy, long, productive lives.  Since 2002, Dr. Sivin has worked for the International Union, UAW, which represents over 1 million active and retired workers in a wide variety of industries. He has negotiated health and safety language with companies such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler Group LLC, and he has served on the UAW-Chrysler National Joint Committee on Health and Safety. Dr. Sivin is a member of the Chemical Substances Threshold Limit Value (CS-TLV) Committee of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and he has served as a Governing Counselor of the American Public Health Association. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Sivin acted as a subgroup chair for the Chemical Emergencies Work Group of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures. Dr. Sivin has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding the safety of chemical facilities.  Before joining the UAW, Sivin worked as a health scientist for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and as a research analyst for the Washington state agency that operates the state's OSHA plan. Sivin obtained his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 2002. He received a Master of Environmental Studies in 1994 from The Evergreen State College and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago in 1990, where he earned a Bachelor's degree with honors.

Brian Martin, Industry Sustainability Expert

Brian Martin has worked in several high tech companies, including IBM, Phase Metrics, Akashic Memories, HGST, and Seagate Technologies.  He has held positions in R&D, Operations, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Service Supply Chain, Applications Engineering, and, most recently, was Corporate Senior Director of Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability at Seagate.  He has been a leader in efforts to increase transparency and improve product environmental impacts through full material disclosure (FMD), and through collaboration among industry and with NGOs. Brian is currently restoring a 130 year-old house, and intends to rekindle his passion for furniture making and woodworking.

Rory O’Neill, Editor of Hazards Magazine and Professor of Occupational and Environmental Policy Research, University of Stirling

Rory O'Neill is a workplace health adviser to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the editor of Hazards magazine and an occupational health professor in the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, England. On behalf of ITUC he represents workers on the bureau of the UN's Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and other UN agencies on matters related to occupational health and safety.

Dr. Domyung Paek, Professor, Occupational and Environmental Medicine School of Public Health, Seoul National University

Domyung Paek has been Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul, Korea, since 1992, where he served as Department Chair, Vice Dean, and Dean, as well as director of residency training program. Over the last 30 years, he has witnessed and also participated in many aspects of societal changes of Korea, including health and safety. Starting from a small idea of introducing Material Safety Data Sheet to Korea in 1992, 'the right to know' initiatives trickled into the 'Mediation Committee' activities for 'Samsung Semiconductor Leukemia' cases (2014), despite the allegations of no known use of carcinogens at the workplace by the company, and also the total 'Asbestos Ban', together with compensation schemes for environmental victims of asbestos related diseases (2009) in Korea. He had been the investigation committee chair for the 'Humidifier Disinfectant Lung Injury' (2013) and still stands as the expert witness at the court for the 'humidifier disinfectant victims. He had studied at Seoul National University, College of Medicine (MD, 1981), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc, 1986), and Harvard School of Public Health (ScD, 1990). He has been the Collegium Ramazzini Fellow since 2008.

Sanjiv Pandita, Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims

Sanjiv Pandita has a long history of engaging on workers' rights issues in the electronics industry. He is a well-known activist and expert in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health and has won international awards, including from the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, and recognition as one of the 50 most influential Environmental, Health and Safety leaders in 2008. His writings on grassroots workers' movements and workers' health issues have been published widely. He works with grassroots groups across Asia on hazards along the supply chain and the need to organise workers in the industry.  Sanjiv played an important role in the establishment of the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV), a unique grassroots health and safety network in Asia.

Fahmi Panimbang, Solidar Suisse, Indonesia

Fahmi Panimbang is a labour researcher based in Indonesia. Among his most recent publications is an edited book "Resistance on the Continent of Labour: Strategies and Initiatives of Labour Organizing in Asia" (AMRC, 2017). He was with the Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Hong Kong, and coordinated the Asian TNCs Monitoring Network (2010-2016). He coordinated regional research to support the struggle of Samsung workers across Asia and published an edited book "Labour Rights in High Tech Electronics: Case Studies of Workers' Struggles in Samsung Electronics and its Asian Suppliers" (AMRC, 2013).

Ted Smith, Coordinator, International Campaign for Responsible Technology

Ted Smith is the founder of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and  co-founder and Coordinator of the International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT), an international network committed to working for the development of sustainable, nonpolluting technologies. He  has been an active participant in  EPA's Common Sense Initiative for the Computers and Electronics Sector as well as EPA's Design for the Environment project on Printed Circuit Boards.  He is also and Advisor to Electronics Watch and is on the Design Team of the Clean Electronics Production Network (CEPN).

Juliana So, OHS Activist and Executive Director of China Labour Support Network

Juliana is the founder and coordinator of the China Labor support Network (CLSN) which was set up in 2003. The organization works on occupational health & safety, labor rights and workers capacity building via enquiry service, outreaching, factory workers training, research and publication. Juliana received the International Award presented by the Occupational Health & Safety Section of the American Public Health Association in 2003 and was listed by a magazine as one of The 50 Most Influential EHS Leaders in 2008.