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Key Practice Area - Staffing & Structure - 2010 EHS Benchmarking Report
Key Practice Area: Staffing & Structure

2010 EHS Benchmarking Report

May 2011

Benchmark your EHS staffing, budgets, outsourcing and spending using these results from the 2010 EHS Benchmarking survey.


Developed by BNA, Inc. and NAEM, the 2010 EHS Benchmarking Report provides a comprehensive review of the meaningful metrics for staffing the EHS function. In this section you will find:

Executive Summary: See a topline of results from the 2010 EHS Benchmarking survey.

Survey Report: This Report reveals findings on the critical staffing and structure issues including EHS department activities and programs, staff levels, budgets, and expenditures. The survey also addressed EHS professionals' titles, salaries, and reporting relationships, as well as the outsourcing of EHS tasks and activities.

Executive Summary

  • Growth in EHS salaries has barely kept pace with inflation. In 2009, the median annual salary of surveyed environment, health and safety professionals was $100,000. In 2004, when BNA last conducted its national survey of EHS professionals, the median annual salary was $85,000, factoring in an average annual inflation rate of 3 percent during the past five years, "real" salary growth for EHS staff has been only 1.5 percent from 2004 to 2009.
  • More EHS professionals anticipate increases than decreases in EHS budgets in 2010, but the absolute size of these increases will not be large. Thirty-five percent of EHS directors surveyed expect an increase in their budgets compared with 23 percent who are forecasting declines (the remaining 42 percent are expecting no change in funding levels). However, the absolute value of total EHS outlays in 2010 is expected to increase by 2.1 percent over 2009 levels, while per capita EHS expenditures are projected to increase by a slightly higher 3.1 percent.
  • As in many other offices and organizations, outsourcing has become a way of life in EHS departments. More than half of EHS departments surveyed (54 percent) outsource some of their activities and functions. EHS officers expect no significant change in the incidence of outsourcing from 2009 to 2010. Use of outsourcing by EHS is especially prevalent in larger organizations where nearly seven in ten departments hand off at least some responsibilities to an outside contractor.
  • EHS departments have taken on much more responsibilities over the past year. The proportion of EHS officers reporting that their department has taken on added duties (25 percent) far outnumbers the percentage of those who report that EHS has shed responsibilities during the past year (3 percent).

Survey Report

The complete survey-based report contains a wealth of insightful, in-depth research, analysis, and perspective on critical EHS topics, including:

  • Core duties and responsibilities of EHS departments and officials
  • Outsourcing trends and developments in EHS
  • Staff levels in EHS departments
  • EHS budgets and expenditures
  • Salaries of EHS officials
  • Newly acquired duties in EHS, as well as relinquished activities
  • Structure and organization of EHS departments

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