Management and Leadership Skills for Environmental Health and Safety Professionals

  • On-Site
  • March 2831, 2022
  • $2,850
  • Online
  • September 2630, 2022
  • $2,400

Harvard Longwood Campus, Boston, MA

This course is excellent in that it will transform you, your profession, your organization, and your workforce. If you have to learn anyway, learn from the best!
  • —Jean Philibert Ramaroson, MSc
  • Safety Superintendent, TiZir Grande Cote Operations

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 COVID-19 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 COVID-19
  • 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 2022

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 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program. Specific credit counts will be published when available; please check back for updated information.

All credits subject to final agenda.

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



Current faculty, subject to change.

Louis J. DiBerardinis, MS, CIH, CSP

Program Director

Instructor in Industrial Hygiene
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Environment, Health and Safety
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard D. Fulwiler, ScD, CIH, FAIHA

Program Director

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Transformational Leadership Associates
Retired Director
Health and Safety Worldwide
Procter & Gamble

Orlando R. Barone, MA


Barone Associates

Meaghan Boyd, JD


Alston & Bird LLP

Richard Gerlach, PhD, CIH, CSP


RG Consulting LLC
Senior Director (Retired)
Safety and Health
Cintas Corporation

Steven B. Goldman, EdD


Crisis Communications/Risk Communications/Crisis Management
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Senior Lecturer
Professional Education
Crisis Management Courses

Carolyn S. Langer, MD, JD, MPH


Chief Medical Officer
Fallon Health Care
Instructor in Occupational Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Thomas J. Loughman, MBA, CSP


Vice President
EHS & Quality Program Management

Nathan Watson




March 28 – 31, 2022

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This agenda is subject to change. All times listed are in Eastern Time (ET).

Monday, March 28, 2022
7:15–7:45 am Check-in and Continental Breakfast
7:45–8:15 am Classroom Technology Orientation
8:15–9:15 am Fulwiler Welcome, Objectives, and Join-Up
9:15–10:15 am Fulwiler Functional Leadership
10:15–10:30 am Break
10:30 am–12:00 pm Barone Practice of Management Skills; Managing People and Motivation
12:00–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00–3:00 pm Barone Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
3:00–3:15 pm Break
3:15–5:00 pm Barone Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (con't)
5:00–6:00 pm Reception
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
7:15–7:50 am Continental Breakfast
7:50–8:00 am Class Photo
8:00–9:30 am Langer Legal Issues and the ADA
9:30–9:45 am Break
9:45–11:00 am Langer Management and Professional Ethics
11:00 am–12:30 pm Fulwiler Working Smarter, Not Harder
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
1:30–3:00 pm DiBerardinis, Loughman Performance Management and Assessment Metrics
3:00–3:15 pm Break
3:15–5:00 pm Fulwiler Listening: The Most Critical Communication Skill
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:45 am Fulwiler Strategic Business Planning for Results: Case Studies
9:45–10:00 am Break
10:00–11:00 am Boyd Managing Regulatory Affairs
11:00 am–12:15 pm Goldman Communicating Risks
12:15–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00–2:00 pm Jobin Sustainability and EHS - What's the Connection?
2:00–3:00 pm Watson Using Technology as a Management Tool
3:00–3:15 pm Break
3:15–4:15 pm DiBerardinis Developing and Implementing an EHS Management System (EMS)
4:15–5:00 pm DiBerardinis, Fulwiler Participant Forum and Key Learnings
Thursday, March 31, 2022
7:15–7:45 am Continental Breakfast
7:45–9:45 am Fulwiler 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 Fulwiler Program Wrap-Up and Path Forward

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