Part 1 - Who is today’s EHS professional?
Entering 2017, your typical EHS pro is a 53-year-old male, a baby boomer, with at least 20 years of experience in the field, primarily practicing in a safety function. He works for a privately-held company and makes $75,000 per year.
In smaller firms, he reports to the CEO or owner. In larger organizations, safety reports to operations and human resources most frequently.
A recent survey of manufacturing executives indicates many respondents (67 percent) are pressing ahead with plans to invest in data analytics even as they pare back spending in other areas to combat tough business conditions.
Hollywood spent $110 million on this film, which isn’t unusual for a disaster pic. But this film, directed by Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights,” “Lone Survivor”) and starring Mark Wahlberg, is different. The disaster, a spectacular exercise in film-making involving literally hundreds of special effects and digital artists, is secondary in the plot to the muddy, nuts-and-bolts work of a very dangerous blue collar environment.
Back in the Stone Age, when I first began writing about workplace safety and health for ISHN, I almost immediately came across the admonishment that safety and health professionals must “talk management’s language” if they want to get anywhere.