The environmental health and safety (EHS) supervisor is responsible for training employees on subjects such as health and workplace safety, hazardous waste, and other occupational and environmental topics. They work with a variety of employees and routinely manage classroom and on-site safety training programs, as well as ensure that all employees receive the appropriate safety training for the work they perform. The environmental health and safety supervisor also evaluates and inspects work sites and the workplace to ensure that all applicable safety laws are being followed. They may work in a variety of settings (both indoor and outdoor) depending on training needs and work sites.
At least a bachelor's degree in environmental safety, occupational safety, or a related scientific field is required; a master’s degree in health physics or industrial hygiene is often preferred. Experience with (and knowledge of) the statutory and regulatory requirements for the state of employment is preferred. Experience researching and interpreting regulations for their specific industry is needed, as is the ability to travel to work sites. Environmental health and safety supervisors may need to work irregular hours as required, and they must be able to supervise other environmental health and safety staff. Experience is needed in training groups and interacting well with employees, clients, and regulatory personnel.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Supervisor Tasks
Understand and document compliance with state and federal regulations.
Lead incident response policy development, training, and implementation.
Work with departments to set and reach safety goals, including training.
Inspect and assess work areas, equipment, and processes for safety.