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IKO Corporate Health, Safety, and Environmental Specialist/Engineer in Kankakee, Illinois

IKO Industries Ltd. is a market leader in the manufacturing of roofing and building materials. IKO is a Canadian owned and operated business with production facilities worldwide and has many years of unparalleled success in the roofing materials industry. Quality, integrity, and trustworthiness are the values that underlie this success, and we have built this company by hiring people who hold these values. People like you!

Job Description

We are currently seeking a Corporate Health, Safety, and Environmental Specialist/Engineer to join our team of skilled professionals within our Corporate Health, Safety and Environmental Department. This position reports directly to the North American Director of Health, Safety and Environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Represent the Company on health, safety and environmental subjects by liaising with external stakeholders including: general public, government agencies, insurance carriers, and consultants.

  • Lead, coordinate, and review environmental related approvals such as Environmental Compliance Approvals and Construction/Operating permits.

  • Provide advice and guidance to internal stakeholders such as Engineering Department, Manufacturing staff, and to the Company on health, safety and environmental subjects.

  • Provide technical health & safety advice on a variety of plant issues including but not limited to machine guarding, lockout tagout, hot work, confined space, fall protection, PPE, cranes and lifting devices, forklifts, industrial hygiene, noise, contractor management, fire protection, first aid, emergency response, etc.

  • Review processes, related to health, safety and environmental subjects, and provide continuous improvement opportunities.

  • Responsible for completing annual air emission reports for all North American manufacturing plants.

  • Provide expert interpretation and be proactive in following changes to acts, regulations, policies, guidelines, and other requirements relating to health, safety and environmental subjects.

  • Lead investigations to ensure root causes of environmental, health and safety incidents are identified in all investigations and appropriate and effective corrective actions are implemented on a timely basis to prevent a re-occurrence.

  • Drive results at lower complexity and cost.

  • Experience in coaching and building rapport with plant personnel to solve problems, implement continuous improvement, and follow up on audit action plans, serious incident investigations, incident rates and severity rates

  • Provide guidance and coaching to assist sites to continually improve injury statistics to reach a goal of zero injury

  • Subject matter expert on behaviour based safety programs and systems for the organization.

  • Develop, communicate and maintain corporate HSE standards, policies, rules, procedures and programs


  • A post-secondary degree in Engineering (preferably in Chemical, Environmental, or Mechanical) or a post-secondary degree in a field related to Health and Safety (preferably in Occupational Safety, Industrial Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or Environmental Health,)

  • Eligible for professional licensing such as a Professional Engineer or CSP/CRSP/CMSE.

  • 5+ years of HSE experience in a continuous improvement manufacturing environment with proven track record of measurable results.

  • Must be able and willing to travel within North America (Approximately 30% of the work is out of the office, with regular travel outside Ontario).

  • Experience in compliance and process auditing.

  • Must have excellent communication skills (oral and written) in the English language.

  • Project management experience from inception, planning to completion

  • Working knowledge of current Canadian (Provincial) and US (States) OHS and environmental laws and standards.

  • Working knowledge workers compensation legislation, Fire Code and CSA and ANSI standards.

  • Experience in HSE management policy and procedure development.

  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to handle complex assignments with a proactive attitude

  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy

  • Organized, above average time management skills

  • Must have strong leadership, conflict and problem resolution skills.

  • Works well independently


Benefits of Employment: IKO recognizes that its success is due to the strength of its employees. A primary goal of IKO is to promote individual employee's sense of accomplishment and contribution so that employees enjoy their association with IKO. The Company invests in its employees so that they are the most knowledgeable in the industry, and undertakes great efforts to nurture loyalty to, and teamwork at, IKO. We are pleased to offer competitive compensation, health care, a progressive and challenging workplace and a commitment to teamwork and integrity.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment: IKO Industries Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion and are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability. IKO Industries Ltd. encourages and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

IKO is a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing systems operating in Canada, the United States and multiple global markets. Our 60+ years of success has been enabled by the dedication of our employees. We would welcome the opportunity to consider you for one of our great opportunities!