EHS on Tap: E45 Certifications to Soft Skills: Professional Development for 21st-Century EHS Careers

Safety pros

Professional development is essential to advancing a career in any occupation, and, of course, the environment, health, and safety field is no exception. There are many opportunities for development out there for the 21st-century safety professional, ranging from traditional certifications to supplemental training to brand-new educational programs supported by digital delivery methods. With so many options (and, in many cases, so little time), EHS pros may wonder what’s the best course of action for continuous career development? While every individual’s path will vary, our guest today has some great ideas on how you can proactively learn and develop your professional knowledge, not just for the benefit of your own career, but also for the benefit of your organization as well.

Joining us today for our EHS professional development discussion is Jill James, Chief Safety Officer with Vivid Learning Systems, an HSI company.

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Jill JamesJill James has been a workplace safety professional for 24 years, with 14 years of experience as a Senior OSHA Safety Investigator with the State of Minnesota and nearly a decade in the private sector as a safety program manager. She has co-written a safety law applicable to the construction trades, and has worked in settings ranging from medical clinics to education to bio and life sciences in support of the poultry industry. Jill has been at Vivid Learning Systems for the past 5 years, and she has a passion for supporting her fellow safety professionals whether she’s keynoting a conference, appearing in Vivid’s Supervisor Safety Tip video series, blogging about workplace safety issues, or hosting her podcast The Accidental Safety Pro.


EHS on Tap is an environmental, health, and safety podcast by BLR’s EHS Daily Advisor. On each episode of EHS on Tap, our host will discuss emerging legal, regulatory, and policy issues with industry experts and the impacts to everyday safety and environmental professionals. EHS on Tap topics run the gamut of contemporary issues facing EHS managers and professionals today.

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