Health and Safety Specialist

Posted: Nov 24, 2017

Reports to:   Director of HSE, Downers Grove, IL    Work Location:  Downers Grove IL

Functional Area:  Manufacturing Operations           Required Travel:  15-20%

Exempt Status:  Exempt                                           Salary Range:  EX 07



CED-DG incorporates high explosives and propellants into small explosive devices.  The processes are highly hazardous and require strong safety systems.  The H&S Specialist manages the programs that ensure a safe work environment for all employees and compliance to all applicable regulatory requirements.



  1. Establish and strengthen health, safety and industrial/occupational hygiene compliance programs, promoting world class, state-of-the-art safe and healthful work practices for the protection of personnel, physical assets, and production operations.
  2. Perform hazard assessments of the energetic material and facility operations for the safety, fire and health hazards they present.
  3. Routinely examine operations to recognize and evaluate occupational exposure to chemical and physical agents and ergonomic risks.
  4. Apply strategies to identify and quantify hazards, develop practical methods or programs to eliminate or control identified hazards, and coordinate implementation of engineering and administrative controls to reduce hazards/risk and limit occupational exposure in the workplace.
  5. Oversee implementation and on-going performance of Process Safety Management (PSM) Program, and provide technical support, coaching and guidance to operations and engineering staff on PSM elements, including but not limited to PHA, MOC, PSSR, etc.
  6. Perform training needs assessments and gap analyses based on specific job tasks, duties and roles with respect to hazards and requirements. Provide guidance to develop applicable performance and competency standards for specific jobs and roles with respect to health and safety requirements. Design, coordinate and delivery H&S specific training to meet needs assessments, job analyses and company/regulatory requirements.
  7. Develop workplace inspection, audit and assurance program to monitor and report on  compliance and behavior expectations for company and regulatory health and safety programs and requirements.
  8. Familiar with and proficient in leading incident investigations to include, gathering and preserving evidence, reviewing documentation and records, conducting interviews, directing the investigation team, developing corrective and preventive actions to prevent recurrence and generating final reports. Should also be proficient in applying multiple methodologies and approaches to determine incident causes including but not limited to What if, 5-Whys, Root Cause Analysis, FMEA, Black Box, Bow Tie, Fault Tree, Event Tree, Systematic Cause Analysis, etc.
  9. Prepare, revise and update health and safety policies and procedures to meet changes in the organization, operations, processes and regulations.
  10. Effectively communicate, advise, guide and coach all levels of the organization on health and safety verbally and in writing.
  11. Interpret, implement and verify compliance to all applicable OSHA requirements, with specific emphasis on Electrical Safety, Hot Work, Lockout/Tagout, Machine Guarding, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Walking and Working Surfaces, Emergencies and Fire Protection, Forklift and Material Handling Safety, Noise Exposure, Toxic/Hazardous Materials and Compressed Gases, Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene, and Process Safety Management. Assist with interpretation and application of other regulatory requirements as needed or requested, such as NFPA, EPA, DOT, DOE, ATF, and DoD directives (particularly DoD 4145) and applicable state and local H&S requirements.
  12. Assist with preparation of health and safety related reports, data, metrics and other information required by the company, regulatory agencies or other governmental or customer requests.



  1. Must be eligible to possess explosives under the Safe Explosives Act of 2003 (as amended) as required by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for all employees of Chemring Energetic Devices.
  1. Applicant must be permanent resident of the United States, allowed to work and travel in the United States.
  2. Bachelor of Science in Chemical, Environmental, Safety Engineering, Environmental Management, Physical Sciences, Occupational Safety, Safety Management, Industrial Hygiene, or appropriate and related technical field.
  3. 5-7 years of experience, with 3-5 years in a manufacturing environment; energetic or explosives experience desired.
  4. Preferred experience managing hazards with explosives and energetic materials
  5. Professional certifications are a plus, such as ASP, CSP, CHMM, CIH, etc.
  6. Effectively communicate in English, both verbal and written
  7. Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills


COMPANY SUMMARY:                           

Chemring Energetic Devices, part of Chemring Group Plc, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of energetic, mechanical and electronic subsystems serving the aerospace and defense industries. CED’s experienced management team has been infused with senior leadership who has a record of successful prime and industry leading second tier contractor experience with various programs. This experience brings significant knowledge, sensitivity and attention to the details of those elements considered imperative to program success, including low risk technical solutions, sub-contract management, cost, schedule, quality and performance.




The description of the physical demands and the work environment characteristics here represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform and those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job:

  1. Ability to talk or hear.
  2. Required to sit most of the workday.
  3. Occasional walking, climbing, standing, balancing
  4. Infrequent stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling
  5. Must be able to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms;
  6. Minimal lifting is required, 10 pounds, with assistance and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  7. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus when viewing a computer monitor.
  8. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and explosives.
  9. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. However, on some instances this job may require work in areas where ear protection is necessary.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.


All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills aptitudes and abilities to perform each duty proficiently.  Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others.  The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills or abilities.


This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.