Size matters - But benchmark ratios do not when rightsizing environmental departments

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Courtesy of Richard MacLean & Associates, LLC

Recently, I received a call from a corporate vice president of environment, health, and safety (EH&S), who asked, 'Do you have any data on staffing levels as a function of size?

In my 16 years of corporate consulting, no other question has been so often run by me. Over my career, I have seen organizations hopelessly understaffed and on a rare occasion, even spectacularly overstaffed.

The common theme in all of these organizations was a general lack of business executive awareness of how to properly staff an EH&S organization. Staffing and organization design are not driven by sales volume and employee population. They are determined by numerous other factors such as those described in this article.

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