Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer Salary
Job Description for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer
Environmental health and safety (EHS) officers are responsible for all aspects of an organizations compliance with occupational and environmental laws and regulations. This responsibility encompasses a wide array of activities. EHS officers must design a program to train employees and managers in all relevant laws, rules, and regulations, with special instruction for each type of employee as it relates to their specific position and responsibilities. They handle any regulatory questions employees or managers may have, as well as analyze activities at every company site to ensure complete regulatory compliance. EHS officers must be proactive in working with regulatory agencies to learn about upcoming changes and prepare their organization to meet changing regulatory requirements. If a violation does occur, EHS officers serve as the go-between for the regulatory agencies/investigators and the organization. They help repair damage and develop strategies to prevent future violations from occurring.Read More...
Environmental health & safety (EHS) officers work in a variety of environments. They make frequent site visits to ensure regulatory compliance and to give training to employees and managers. They meet with regulators to discuss issues and learn about new rules, as well as discuss compliance status with organization management. EHS officers interact with every level of an organization to maintain lawful status. Additionally, they must attend training themselves to receive continuing education on industry standards and occupational and environmental law changes.
EHS officers are required to hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in environmental health and safety, business, or a related field. Several years’ experience in the organization's field is preferred, so that they have developed a familiarity with the regulatory landscape of the industry. Certification in specific aspects of the industry may be necessary, such as first aid/CPR training or a certified safety professional (CSP) designation.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer Tasks
- Develop and implement health and safety plans, data capture and ongoing analysis.
- Set up and implement hazardous waste, wastewater or toxin management programs.
- Oversee and review health and safety documentation and data.
- Coordinate safety and environmental audits and actions to remedy faults and remediate.
- Consult with all departments to provide expertise and ensure compliance with standards, processes and permits.
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Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer
Environmental Health & Safety Officers report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Safety Compliance, OSHA Compliance, and Environmental Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Environmental Compliance and OSHA Compliance. Most people who know OSHA Compliance also know Environmental Compliance.
Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $56K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Environmental Health & Safety Officers make a median salary of $64K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Environmental Health & Safety Officer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $66K on average.
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