What does an EHS Specialist do?

EHS specialists are responsible for planning, implementing, and enforcing an organization’s Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) policies and procedures. Their primary objective is to create a workplace that is safe and healthy for people and the planet. They take ownership of workplace safety programs and may train staff on proper procedures to avoid accidents or injuries. They often take a lead role in overseeing the organization’s Environmental Management System, and would also establish the protocol for how to handle natural disasters that may have an environmental impact.

EHS specialists typically have at least a bachelor’s degree, commonly in a health or environmental discipline. They must have an in-depth understanding of safe workplace practices and environmentally friendly strategies. Requires familiarity with OSHA and EPA regulations and other applicable laws and guidelines.

What responsibilities are common for EHS Specialist jobs?
  • Adhere to hospital policies, procedures, mission, and values statements.
  • Assist in training, QC and in-servicing of staff.
  • Develop and manage EHS programs, procedures and work instructions.
  • Report any property and/or equipment damage to immediate supervisor.
  • Remove and clean trash and infectious waste receptacles.
  • Clean and reline individual refuse containers with plastic bags.
  • Oversight and management of housekeeping, laundry and floor tech personnel.
  • Create, maintain, and oversee the compliance calendar for all regulatory requirements.
  • Serve as a role model for safe personal practices.
  • Maintain records and logs and prepare periodic reports for review.
  • Support development of job hazard analysis and risk assessments.
  • Observe safety and security procedures. Use equipment and materials properly.
What are the typical qualifications for EHS Specialist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, IT, environmental sciences or engineering or equivalent experience.
  • A work ethic that includes strong desire for continuous improvement.
  • Can work in isolation and in leadership capacities.
  • Prior experience in a consulting position.
  • Able solve problems with a positive attitude and sound attention to details.
  • Familiar with conducting root cause analysis.
  • Comfortable making risk assessments.
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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an EHS Specialist make?

Confident
$101,769 /yr
Total Pay
$86,494
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$15,274
 /yr

Additional Pay

$101,769

 / yr
$67K$157K
Most Likely Range
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EHS Specialist Career Path

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EHS Specialist

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
19%
2 - 4
36%
5 - 7
8%
8+
37%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

EHS Specialist Insights

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ABB Motors and Mechanical, Inc.ABB Motors and Mechanical, Inc.
Area HSE Manager
Sep 29, 2020

“ABB Motors and Mechanical in St. Louis is a great team to work with.”

Descon EngineeringDescon Engineering
HSE Supervisor
Apr 21, 2021

“i want to work with descon because i see alot of opportunities and many new things to learn.”

HM SampoernaHM Sampoerna
EHS Specialist
Dec 9, 2021

“Always challenging and good development program”

CobhamCobham
Senior EHS Engineer
Feb 14, 2022

“Pay was fair but my pay was reminded to me multiple times by my manager as a guilt trip for piling on the work.”

Will's Handyman ServicesWill's Handyman Services
Cleaning and Sanitation Tech
Feb 14, 2022

“Communication good and details on what to do..”

National Corporation for Tourism & HotelsNational Corporation for Tourism & Hotels
EHS & Hygiene Manager
May 9, 2021

“Good for career development and one of the best company in UAE”

HEISCOHEISCO
HSE
Jan 31, 2021

“None actually apart from being away from home but working there is like another home away from home”

CaterpillarCaterpillar
Environmental Health and Safety Intern
Apr 24, 2022

“You get to choose what aspects of the EHS department you want to experience since this is a learning opportunity”

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