Environmental health and safety (EHS) engineers are tasked with minimizing a variety of risks to their companies. They perform audits in order to identify these risks and how to mitigate them, and determining environmental impacts frequently involves both observations and tests.
The safety management aspect of this job involves observing the workforce and operations to identify risks for employees. They also analyze waste disposal and pollution and may recommend new technologies which can help the company reduce them. It's important to stay up-to-date with new technology in the field so that the best equipment and practices can be implemented, and it's also important to stay updated with local and federal laws and regulations.
EHS engineers summarize their findings in reports and make suggestions regarding what can be improved. It will occasionally be necessary to work with vendors to implement items that can improve the company’s environmental and safety practices, as well. This work is generally carried out in an office, but may also entail visiting various field operations to truly understand the risks that are present. EHS engineers may work directly for companies or consulting firms.
A bachelor’s degree in environmental health or a related field is generally required for this position, and some companies may require a master’s or doctorate degree. Travel may occasionally be necessary in order to visit different departments or branches of a company.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Engineer Tasks
Identify and monitor potential hazards and mitigation techniques.
Install test machinery and test air quality, noise level, temperature or radiation and suggest solutions to compliance problems.
Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs to prevent or correct hazardous environmental working conditions.