Environmental health and safety (EHS) coordinators work to create and enforce a culture of safety within their organizations. They implement programs, policies, and assessments to ensure their company is in compliance with all federal and internal health and safety rules. They may also review reports and findings to monitor performance and detect trends related to health and safety.
EHS coordinators work in a variety of fields. They typically have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, occupational safety, industrial technology, or a related field. They also typically have several years of experience in the health and safety field or the general field of their company. Since their work involves identification and interpretation of federal, state, and local safety codes, they must have outstanding analytical skills as well as a strong attention to detail.
EHS coordinators work as part of a leadership team, and they may work closely with manufacturing, engineering, and maintenance teams, as well as support staff in order to accomplish their goals. They typically report to senior management, but they are also accountable to external health and safety regulators such as those from government agencies.
These coordinators typically work in a business office environment, although they typically make site visits to locations such as a plant floor, warehouse, or external buildings. They typically work during regular business hours, although they may need to be present at other times for projects or assessments during other work shifts. In cases of emergency, they may be required to be on call in order to provide guidance and logistical support.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Coordinator Tasks
Develop, implement, and administer safety and health programs.
Coordinate with Human Resources to maintain policies and procedures.
Conduct job exposure analyses to ensure safe work environments according to EHS standards.