The Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) is the only organization focused entirely on serving EHS professionals in higher education.

It was founded in 1954 as the Campus Safety Association and since 1995 has been a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.


The mission of CSHEMA is to support and to educate campus-based EHS professionals to empower and to improve the EHS profession in campus environments.


CSHEMA will continue to be the pre-eminent leadership organization representing the EHS profession in campus environments.

Core Values

  • Uphold the honor, integrity, and dignity of the profession
  • Promote inclusion and diversity in the profession
  • Strong member services through ongoing needs assessment for campus-based EHS professionals
  • Advocacy on behalf of the profession as the voice of campus-based EHS
  • Commitment to practical and applicable solutions for the campus-based EHS professional
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Commitment to education

Core Competencies for the Profession

CSHEMA has identified these knowledge, skills, and abilities for environmental, health, and safety professionals. Regardless of job responsibilities or position level, these competencies permeate all work in the profession, though prioritization may differ. "Core competency" refers to a set of composite skills, knowledge, and behaviors that provides the basis and forms the foundation for successful professional practice in environmental, health, and safety work.

CSHEMA’s core competencies were inspired by NIH, the Nielson Group, the National Postdoctoral Association, the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Strandberg Consulting, and other publicly available resources.

Discipline Specific Conceptual Knowledge
Subject Matter Expertise
The ability to demonstrate a broad base of established and evolving knowledge within their discipline and detailed knowledge of their area(s) of expertise, including but not limited to:

  • Biosafety
  • Building Design
  • Business Continuity
  • Construction Safety
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental
  • Ergonomics
  • Facilities
  • Fire Safety
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Nanotechnology
  • Occupational Safety
  • Occupational Health
  • Performing Arts Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability
  • General Safety
  • Hazardous Materials
Additionally, CSHEMA’s communities of practice form and dissolve as the discipline specific areas evolve. A current list of CSHEMA's communities can be found online.

Influence and Negotiation

Problem Solving
Ability to obtain information and identify key issues and implications to make informed and objective decisions.

Leading Others
Ability to organize and motivate people to get things accomplished in a way that everyone feels a sense of order and direction.

  • Ability to develop a personal leadership style
  • Ability to convey a sense of personal self-confidence
  • Ability to learn from prior experiences as well as the experiences of others
  • Ability to utilize self-reflection methods toward personal growth
  • Ability to develop a personal set of ethics, morals, and values

Performance Management
Ability to proactively investigate new perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors and takes steps to evaluate and improve performance.

Conflict Resolution
Ability to listen and to manage conflicts and achieve compromise while meeting meaningful goals and respecting other parties’ perspectives.

Systems Thinking
Ability to employ a sense of vision to create new innovative concepts, products, and solutions.

Ability to work with and help others to accomplish objectives; identify areas of person expertise and seeks out opportunities to lend expertise to working groups to maximize outcomes.


Technology Adaptation/Adoption
Ability to seek out ways to employ technology to optimize organizational and individual performance; demonstrate proficiency in using tools and application packages; employ technology to assist in work activities.

Public Speaking and Training
Ability to deliver clear, effective communication and takes responsibility for understanding others.

Continual Learning and Development
Ability to seek feedback from others and use other sources of information to identify appropriate areas for learning.

Message Delivery
Ability to use writing skills and editorial judgement to develop messages for various audiences; and deliver them by evaluating the most appropriate channel for the needs of the target audience.

Conveying Role Value
Ability to draw upon a variety of capacities to instill in an employee a sense of value for the task at hand.

Project Management

Decision Making
Ability to recognize and analyze problems and make choices under uncertain conditions; show good judgement.

Strategic Planning
Ability to employ a sense of vision to create new innovative concepts and solutions.

Risk Management and Mitigation
Ability to plan and implement measures that will avoid, overcome, or compensate for elements of risk.

Ability to evaluate compliance with appropriate laws, regulations, industrial codes, control systems, and social responsibilities.

Critical Incident Analysis
Ability to evaluate an incident investigation system; analyze root causes of an incident.

Sustainability Literacy
Ability to understand how environmental, economic, and social sustainability impacts the organization and in turn, how the organization impacts sustainability.