Safety Specialist- Kankakee, IL


Kankakee, IL, US, 60901

Remote or On-Site:  On-Site
Req ID #:  2687


Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC Group, is a leading producer of packaging and graphic solutions, color and display technologies, functional products, electronic materials, and products for the automotive and healthcare industries. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical is continuously working to promote and develop sustainable solutions to exceed customer expectations and better the world around us. With combined annual sales of more than $8.5 billion and 22,000+ employees worldwide, the DIC Group companies support a diverse collection of global customers.

Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. For more information, please visit our website at or connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter

Safety Specialist - Kankakee, IL

Day Shift


Job Overview: Under general direction of the site management, the Safety Specialist serves as a lead contact and assists the site with the development and the implementation of health and safety regulatory programs; develops procedures, training, and audit programs to enhance site Health & Safety programs; takes part in maintaining a healthy and safe workplace for employees by assisting with the prevention of accidents and the handling of near miss, first aid, and recordable incidents and by maintaining and exceeding regulatory compliance; and assists the site to ensure that Health & Safety culture is integrated in a consistent manner into operations and supporting services.


  • Performs H&S assignments using 5S and safety concepts and principles to anticipate, identify, evaluate, and mitigate HSE hazards for manufacturing, laboratory, and maintenance work areas and activities.
  • Lead H&S improvement teams, conduct Job Safety Analysis, and represent H&S department in MOC meetings and coordinate with regulatory agencies, emergency responders, risk insurers, internal customers on safety issues.
  • Ensure all incidents and near miss reports are investigated properly - with adequacy and completeness - and ensure that identified corrective actions are implemented and tracked to ensure sustainability to prevent re-occurrence.
  • Represent the site with regulatory agencies and prepare and manage preparation of all H&S submittals to these agencies.
  • Primary responsibility for developing and conducting plant H&S training and ensuring proper communication of health and safety issues.
  • Conduct audits of the H&S programs, review results, and prepare and ensure corrective actions are implemented and sustained; Review existing H&S policies and revised policies as needed.
  • Assume role of ERT incident commander, provide ERT technical support, and maintain ERT equipment in conjunction with Plant Manager or delegate.
  • Manage compliance, plant safety statistics/data management, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements.
  • Implement and maintain/continue to improve H&S procedures and processes.
  • Attend training as required to maintain the required certifications and act as a resource to site employees addressing health and safety concerns on the plant floor.


Required Education and Experience: 

  • Associate or Bachelor's degree in industrial safety, or associated area such as science or engineering
  • 3+ years' experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably chemical processing
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills - with the ability to effectively address multiple client service requests and communicate to diverse audiences
  • Clear understanding of OSHA regulations and H&S programs (including but not limited to emergency response, hazard recognition and control, HazCom, hot work, ergonomics, LOTO,

confined space, etc.)

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal ability to work cross-departmentally, with regulatory agencies at the local, state, and federal. Must interact with the public and other external parties constructively on H&S issues
  • Able to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines, often mandated externally



We offer a range of market-competitive total rewards that include merit increases, paid holidays, Paid Time Off, medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability benefits, 401(k)+match and life insurance. Eligibility of benefit timing may vary.



It is Sun’s policy that applicants for employment are recruited, selected, and hired on the basis of individual merit and ability with respect to the position being filled. Sun prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identify, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.

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Nearest Major Market: Kankakee
Nearest Secondary Market: Bradley