Management and Leadership Skills for EHS Professionals

  • Online
  • September 2327, 2024
  • $2,800
  • On-Site
  • March 1013, 2025
  • $3,200

This course opens your eyes to many different viewpoints in the health and safety field that you would not be able to get in a traditional leadership program. The course also helped me reflect on where I need to grow as a safety professional and as a leader.
  • —Aaron Davis
  • Deputy Safety Director, United States Marine Corps

Program Overview

Improving environmental health and safety performance within your organization requires an in-depth understanding of management principles and the leadership skills to drive change. You need to be able to build leadership buy-in for health, safety, and environmental initiatives, lead teams effectively, and create strategies for integrating EHS principles into the culture of your organization, including in a crisis.

In particular, the pandemic has called for EHS leaders to take on and delegate many new and non-traditional environmental health and safety duties. From testing how to best disinfect disposable masks using radiation to organizing the collection of PPE from labs for distribution at hospitals, EHS professionals are playing a wide range of roles in responding to the pandemic that call for adept leadership skills.

In this program, you will develop the management skills needed to improve the EHS function in your organization, while gaining the leadership skills needed to lead teams, make decisions, build stakeholder buy-in, and both generate and sustain change. You will develop skills in the critical areas of leadership and management with the objective of bridging the gap between environmental health and safety technical skills and leadership skills essential for achieving functional excellence.

Management Training for EHS Professionals

As you move higher in your organization, the requirements for technical environmental health skills give way to requirements for management skills. You will need to develop clear goals and objectives that tie environmental health and safety outcomes to organizational goals, as well as create strategies to achieve these objectives, establish expectations, delegate to team members, and measure outcomes.

In this course you will learn principles imperative to your success as a manager, including:

  • Managing and motivating people
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • EHS leadership during a crisis like the current pandemic
  • Effective business communication
  • Risk communication
  • Listening as a communication skill
  • Time management and utilization
  • Strategic and business planning for results
  • Regulatory affairs management
  • Professional ethics and legal issues of management
  • Building EHS management systems

The management skills you learn in this program will make you a more effective environmental health professional, while also improving your proficiency in influencing the actions of others. This skillset will allow you to lead others, manage yourself better, and make better decisions.

Leadership Skills for Environmental Health and Safety Professionals

Generating and sustaining long-term change in an organization requires moving beyond management to leadership. Unlike managers, leaders are not limited by the scope of their formal authority. They influence and guide others across traditional organizational boundaries, build relationships, and overcome organization-wide challenges to increasing productivity and value.

This program covers both functional leadership, a form of leadership focused on effectiveness and cohesion, and transformational leadership which is focused on creating and sustaining change. Both types of leadership are required in today’s complex business environment.

You will leave this program with the skills to work smarter, make more strategic contributions to your organization, and gain increased respect, rewards, and recognition.


Learning Objectives

  • Develop clear objectives, goals, strategies, and measures for integrating health, safety, and the environment into the culture of your organization
  • Create specific methods for pitching occupational health, safety, and environmental initiatives to organizational decision makers
  • Employ listening skills to develop more effective negotiation and conflict-resolution techniques
  • Establish measurable expectations for your services by identifying appropriate performance metrics and implementing a performance measurement system for accountability
  • Manage time effectively and coach others in this practice
  • Identify the best possible course of action and prioritize work that is both urgent and important
  • Meet common challenges with proven techniques in risk communication
  • Use the most appropriate management style for every situation
  • Understand the characteristics of both a transactional and transformational leader
  • Understand legal issues and professional ethics
  • Use technology as a management tool
  • Understand the role transformational leadership plays in achieving functional excellence in safety and other critical business areas
  • Transformational leadership’s critical role in the COVID-19 world
  • Assess your organization’s and your own current transformational level

Credits and Logistics

Please note: a laptop or other portable personal computing device is strongly recommended for course enrollees.


March 2025

Please check back for updated information.

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

The program takes place at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is also readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

For directions, please click here.

Continuing Education Credit

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will grant 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program, equivalent to 19.5 contact hours of education. Participants can apply these contact hours toward other professional education accrediting organizations.

All credits subject to final agenda.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the program.

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The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has an Education and Research Center (ERC) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).



Current faculty, subject to change.

Louis J. DiBerardinis, MS, CIH, CSP

Program Director

September 2327, 2024 March 1013, 2025
Instructor in Industrial Hygiene
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Former Director
Environment, Health and Safety
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Carolyn S. Langer, MD, JD, MPH

Program Director

September 2327, 2024 March 1013, 2025
Instructor in Occupational Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Chief Medical Officer
Anthem National Accounts

Orlando R. Barone, MA


September 2327, 2024 March 1013, 2025
Barone Associates

Meaghan Boyd, JD


September 2327, 2024 March 1013, 2025

Richard D. Fulwiler, ScD, CIH, FAIHA


September 2327, 2024 March 1013, 2025
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Retired Director
Health and Safety Worldwide
Procter & Gamble

Transformational Leadership Associates

Steven B. Goldman, EdD


September 2327, 2024 March 1013, 2025
Director, Crisis Courses

Senior Lecturer

Crisis Communications/Risk Communications/Crisis Management
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Stephen Jenkins, MSc, MBA


September 2327, 2024 March 1013, 2025
Director, Safety and Health
Cintas Corporation

Johanna C. Jobin


March 1013, 2025
Director, Global EHS & Sustainability

Thomas J. Loughman, CSP, PMP, MBA


September 2327, 2024
Vice President
EHS Program Management & Transformation

Nathan Watson


September 2327, 2024 March 1013, 2025


September 23 – 27, 2024

All Times are Eastern Time (ET).

Thursday, September 19, 2024
1:00–2:00 pm Course Meet and Greet (Optional)
Monday, September 23, 2024
10:00–10:10 am Admin Welcome
10:10–10:30 am Introduction and Welcome
10:30–11:15 am Functional Leadership
11:15–11:45 am Break
11:45 am–2:30 pm Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
2:30–2:40 pm Daily Wrap Up
Tuesday, September 24, 2024
10:00–11:15 am Practice of Management Skills; Managing People and Motivation
11:15 am–12:45 pm Legal Issues & Professional Ethics
12:45–1:15 pm Break
1:15–2:30 pm Listening
2:30–2:40 pm Daily Wrap Up
Wednesday, September 25, 2024
10:00–11:30 am Performance Management
11:30 am–12:30 pm Working Smarter, Not Harder
12:30–1:00 pm Break
1:00–2:30 pm Strategic Planning and Building the Business Case
2:30–2:40 pm Daily Wrap Up
Thursday, September 26, 2024
10:00–11:30 am Developing and Implementing an EHS Management System
11:30 am–12:30 pm Managing Regulatory Affairs
12:30–1:00 pm Break
1:00–2:00 pm Risk and Crisis Communications
2:00–3:00 pm Using Technology as a Management Tool
Friday, September 27, 2024
10:00–11:45 am Concept and Principles of Transformational Leadership
11:45 am–12:15 pm Break
12:15–2:00 pm The Application of Transformational Leadership, Cintas Case Study
2:00–2:15 pm Wrap up and Path Forward

This agenda is subject to change.

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March 9 – 12, 2025

All Times are Eastern Time (ET).

Monday, March 10, 2025
7:15–7:45 am Check-in and Continental Breakfast
7:45–8:15 am Classroom Technology Orientation
8:15–9:15 am Welcome, Objectives, and Join-Up
9:15–10:15 am Functional Leadership
10:15–10:30 am Break
10:30 am–12:00 pm Practice of Management Skills; Managing People and Motivation
12:00–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00–3:00 pm Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
3:00–3:15 pm Break
3:15–5:00 pm Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (con't)
5:00–6:00 pm Reception
Tuesday, March 11, 2025
7:15–7:50 am Continental Breakfast
7:50–8:00 am Class Photo
8:00–9:30 am Legal Issues and the ADA
9:30–9:45 am Break
9:45–11:00 am Management and Professional Ethics
11:00 am–12:30 pm Working Smarter, Not Harder
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–3:15 pm Listening: The Most Critical Communication Skill
3:15–3:30 pm Break
3:30–4:15 pm Performance Management and Assessment Metrics
Wednesday, March 12, 2025
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:45 am Strategic Business Planning for Results: Case Studies
9:45–10:00 am Break
10:00–11:00 am Managing Regulatory Affairs
11:00 am–12:00 pm Developing and Implementing an EHS Management System (EMS)
12:00–12:45 pm Lunch
12:45–1:45 pm Sustainability and EHS - What's the Connection?
1:45–2:45 pm Using Technology as a Management Tool
2:45–3:00 pm Break
3:00–4:15 pm Communicating Risks
4:15–5:00 pm Participant Forum and Key Learnings
Thursday, March 13, 2025
7:15–7:45 am Continental Breakfast
7:45–9:45 am Concepts and Principles of Transformational Leadership
9:45–10:00 am Break
10:00–11:45 am Cintas Safety Journey
11:45 am–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–1:30 pm Cintas Safety Journey (con't)
1:30–1:45 pm Open Discussion and Questions
1:45–2:00 pm Program Wrap-Up and Path Forward

This agenda is subject to change.

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Who Should Participate

This program is designed for health, safety, medical, and environmental professionals from all types of organizations and businesses who want to increase their individual effectiveness or who have program or functional responsibilities, including:

  • Biosafety
  • Environmental health
  • Engineering
  • Food safety
  • Health physics
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Occupational health
  • Occupational medicine
  • Public health
  • Risk management
  • Safety
  • Sustainability
  • Toxicology