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Working for an EHS Consulting firm or for a Federal, State or Local Government carries unique challenges for Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS / HSE) professionals.

As a Consultant, the EHS Professional must be ready to lend their expertise to a variety of industries and situations depending on the needs of the client.  This involves preventative through forensic assignments in efforts to protect the client’s interests.

When people think of EHS and Government roles, generally what comes to mind are the regulators that work for and enforce the rules and regulations of the various government agencies.  What is not generally considered are the protection of the millions of employees performing work inside to keep government working.  From local services such as Police, Fire and Road Maintenance to the TSA workers at our airports and yes, even the safety of those regulatory investigators must be accounted for and protected.   

These workers can be in a mine operation one day, a manufacturing facility the next, then on to a construction or waste management location and retail stores.  All the while, they are driving to these locations in company or personal vehicles exposing them to all of the dangers of the road while on the job.

The EHS Professionals who fulfill these roles are experts whose responsibility it is to see that their workplace protects lives and property while simultaneously protecting their company’s profit margins.  They are expected to design, develop, implement and continuously improve Injury and Illness Prevention Plans (IIPP) programs that will:

  • Assess the potential risks and hazards that can cause harm to people, property and / or the environment
  • Mitigate or minimize those hazards to protect employees, guests, property and other assets as well as the environment
  • Training programs to teach all stakeholders about their personal responsibility concerning protecting themselves, others and physical assets in the performance of their jobs
  • Measure, monitor and continuously improve leading and lagging indicators and metrics regarding:
    • Behavior Based Safety (BBS) observations
    • Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and Job Safety Analysis (JSA) for every job and task being performed by employees
    • Lock out / Tag out (LOTO) compliance
    • Near Miss / Near Hit incidents and observations
    • Total Recordable Injury Rates (TRIR)
    • Days Away and Restricted Time (DART)
    • Experience Modification Rates (EMR)
  • Design, develop, implement and enforce Corrective Action and Preventative Action (CAPA) programs
  • Oversight and control of the EHS Management System
  • Coordinate with Emergency Management (police, fire, ambulatory) services and committees
  • Waste management and disposal plans for everything from traditional trash cans and food waste to medical, chemical and other hazardous waste storage and removal and even removal of nuclear waste with specific attention paid to Large Quantity Generator (LQG) rules
  • Lead to and maintain certification under OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and / or International Standards Organization (ISO) such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001, ISO 22001 and ISO 45001
  • Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) for chemical handling and storage and full Process Safety Management (PSM) training if quantities require it
  • Meet or exceed federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining and be the intermediary in dealing with regulators from, but not limited to, the:
    • Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OSHA)
      • OSHA 10- and 30-hour training
      • OSHA 1910, 500, 510 and other regulations
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
      • Clean Water Act (CWA)
      • Clean Air Act (CAA) including Title V and/or minor permits
      • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
      • Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act (SARA) 
      • National Emission Standards for Hazardous Pollutants (NESHAP)
      • New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
      • Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
      • Spill Prevention, Containment and Control (SPCC)
      • Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)
      • Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Department of Transportation (DoT)
    • Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)
    • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Agency (FMCSA)
    • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
    • United States Coast Guard (USCG)
    • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    • US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Top EHS Professional in this industry will generally have their bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Food Science, Food Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene or related discipline and many also have a master’s degree in one of these fields.  In addition, they will usually have one or more of the following nationally recognized Board Certifications:

  • Certified Food Safety Professional (CFSP)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
  • Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP)
  • Certified Occupational Safety Supervisor (COSS)
  • Safety Trained Supervisor (STS)
  • Engineer in Training (EIT)
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
  • Registered Environmental Manager (REM)
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
  • Certified Environmental Professional (CEP)
  • Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA)

Consentium Search has years of experience recruiting for these very professionals at every level of an academic institution’s needs such as:

Engineering:

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Health and Safety Engineer

EHS Staff member:

  • Environmental, Health and Safety Coordinator (EHS Coordinator / HSE Coordinator)
  • Environmental Compliance Coordinator / Environmental Coordinator
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Occupational Safety and Health Coordinator (OSH Coordinator)
  • Industrial Hygienist

Manager:

  • Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) Manager
  • Fleet Safety Manager
  • Occupational Health and Safety Manager (OHS Manager)
  • Environmental Compliance Manager
  • Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS Manager)
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Manager (HSE Manager)
  • Industrial Hygiene Manager

Director of Environmental, Health and Safety

  • Regional Manager of Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Area Manager of Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Global Director of EHS

Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety

  • Global Safety Manager
  • VP of EHS
  • Chief EHS Officer
  • Chief Safety Officer