A Guide to EH&S Succession Planning: Don’t Let Your Institutional Knowledge Disappear Into Retirement
Corporate environmental, health and safety (EH&S) departments throughout the U.S. – particularly in the utility and energy sectors – are facing a common problem: an aging workforce rapidly approaching retirement. Since the 1970s boom in regulations and subsequent hiring needed to comply, EH&S personnel have helped businesses in a broad range of industries stay abreast and in compliance with regulatory standards – and accumulated a wealth of knowledge their companies are highly dependent on along the way. As these experienced EH&S professionals approach retirement, companies need to make succession planning a business priority and develop robust strategies to ensure the survival of their organizational memory. This white paper guide presents the case for succession planning and provides ideas for how companies can best approach this pervasive issue.