Management and Leadership Skills for Environmental Health and Safety Professionals

  • Online
  • March 29, 2021April 2, 2021
  • $2,200

Marvelous networking opportunity—this program attracts some of the brightest minds in EHS from around the world. This week is a rare opportunity to make such connections.
  • —Jason R. Flory, MS, CIH
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, United States Air Force

Online 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 online 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 online 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 online 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
  • Develop specific skill sets required to become more transformational
  • 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

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


Senior Instructor in Risk Communications and Crisis Communications
Crisis Management/Communications
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Steve Goldman Associates

Carolyn S. Langer, MD, JD, MPH


Instructor in Occupational Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Thomas J. Loughman, MBA, CSP, PMP


Director, SH&E Program Management

Nathan Watson




This agenda is subject to change.

Monday, March 29, 2021
10:00–10:15 am Admin Welcome
10:45–11:30 am Functional Leadership
11:30 am–12:00 pm Break
12:00–2:30 pm Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
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
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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 Business Planning: Case Studies
Thursday, April 1, 2021
10:00–11:30 am Developing and Implementing an EHS Mgmt 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, April 2, 2021
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

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:

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