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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

EHS Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$65,707 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$48K
Median: $66K
$89K
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EHS Specialist Career Path

Learn how to become an EHS Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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EHS Specialist Insights

Read what EHS Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Eastridge Workforce SolutionsEastridge Workforce Solutions
EHS Manager
Mar. 27, 2020

“By far Eastridge is the best company I have worked for and its the leadership that sets it apart.”

TerraconTerracon
Environmental Services
Jan. 29, 2020

“A great opportunity where I was valued as an intern and given as much responsibility as I was ready for.”

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”

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”

Sally BeautySally Beauty
Sally’s
Oct. 29, 2020

“I love People and I like hair”

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EHS Specialist Interviews

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an ehs specialist

When working as an ehs specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Written Communication, Strong WORK Ethic, Strong VERBAL and Time Management.

The most similar professions to ehs specialist are:
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Safety Engineer

The most common qualifications to become an ehs specialist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.