Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist

January 16, 2022
Waukegan, Illinois

Established in 1982, The Visual Pak Companies is THE source for contract packaging and manufacturing solutions. Operating daily on over two million square feet across the United States, our world-class facilities provide a large spectrum of operations from product development to distribution.

Our privately held multi-million dollar group of entities each brings an expertise to supplying high-volume tolling or turnkey options. Expanding our capabilities has allowed us the capacity to be a full service operation that sets us apart from other manufacturing and co-pack companies. As a one-stop-shop, we offer the complete process from formulating a product to distributing it. With our own R&D resources we improve quality and ensure that we adhere to our customers standards.

Our customers include some of the largest consumer product companies in the household, personal care, automotive and food markets. We serve to improve quality, reduce cost, increase turn around, and sustain eco-conscious values.

As a family of companies, we are committed to investing in the skilled people behind our proven excellence of good strategy and balanced business models. With our continuous growth and need to meet high demands, we are always looking for innovative individuals to join our team!

Liquid Blending & Filling, CPG Packaging, Contract Manufacturing, Cartoning, Thermoform, Turnkey, Warehouse, Logistic Services, Distribution, Alcohol, Food Packaging, R & D Development Resources, Chipboard Solutions

Position Title: Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist
Reporting into Title: Corporate EHS Manager

Business and Department: HR-EHS

Position Purpose/Summary:
The EHS Specialist is responsible for supporting the EHS Department by planning, administrating, and overseeing the safety of the company’s workforce. The primary duties of the EHS Specialist is to ensure compliance with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) guidelines in an effort to reduce work-related injuries, conduct training seminars, measure workplace safety standards, conduct safety inspections, and process/track worker’s compensation claims.

No Direct Reports


Knowledge-Skills-Abilities (minimum)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational H&S, Environmental Sciences, or equivalent mix of education and experience.
  • Helpful Certifications: Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CHI), or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).
  • Bilingual in Spanish, both verbally and written – Preferred.


  • 1-3 years of specific EHS topic experience in an industrial or manufacturing company.
  • Direct tactical and administrative EHS experience – Strongly Preferred.
  • Able to maintain a calm and positive demeanor, particularly when faced with intense situations.
  • Present strong communication skills with the ability to actively listen to others as they relay information. Practiced written skills including information presentation, and comfortability speaking to a diverse audience in both interpersonal and large group settings is a must.
  • Demonstrated abilities to research various topics, find useful information, and provide solutions.
  • Prior experience applying individual judgement and available resources to various situations.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, particularly with a sense of urgency.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and detail oriented.
  • Displays efficient time-management skills by meeting deadlines while multi-tasking, stopping/starting work assignments, and redirecting attention as necessary.
  • Recognizes and respects confidentiality in various formats.
  • Displays confidence in providing ideas that contribute to the success of the EHS department.
  • Demonstrated capability to accurately complete regulatory and facility reporting in a timely manner.


  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Verifiable experience with Environmental, Health, and Safety Management Systems.

Physical Capabilities
Strength (lifting, dexterity, repetitive motion):

  • Lift up to 30 lbs. on an occasional basis floor to waist.
  • Carry up to 30 lbs. on an occasional basis up to 25 feet.

Movement (standing, stopping, sitting, crouching, crawling):

  • Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time.
  • Able to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.


  • Must be able to hear and understand work direction in a loud, distracting environment.


  • Must be able to judge distance, identify details, and view computer screen regularly.


Travel: On demand based upon job activity; 10%

Vehicle: Able to commute to nearby facility buildings

Tools: none

Technology: Smart phone – Preferred

Position Responsibilities-Tasks-Deliverables

An individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed below. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

All duties as assigned and the following specific activities.

  • Participates in site compliance, review, and audits (internal and external).
  • Contributes to the EHS system data maintenance; report creation and analysis.
  • Responsible for the upkeep of EHS physical and online files.
  • Compiles data necessary for monthly EHS activity reports, statistics and measurements.
  • Delivers on time information when asked to research, investigate, and analyze information.
  • Assists with assessing and diagnosing EHS problems and hazards including formatted EHS documentation and action plan.
  • Recommends solutions and options to address gaps in EHS or other areas of work.
  • Participates in regulatory inspections as assigned: vendor, internal, government, or other.
  • Required to maintain current EHS knowledge and regulations pertaining to The Visual Pak Companies business activity. Provides notice of changes, updates, or financial impact to appropriate management.
  • Partners with departments about training compliance and safety initiatives.
  • Provides research on topics and best practices as required.
  • Edits and designs safety procedures, technical

Visual Pak Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Visual Pak does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, gender (orientation or identification), sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis covered by federal, state, or local laws. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit, skills, individual performance, and business needs.

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Company Name:

The Visual Pak Companies


$60,000.00 - $70,000.00 Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

EHS Multi-site, EHS Single-site, EHS - Midwest region

Position Type:

Full Time


2 - 5 years


Bachelor's Degree

Industry Segments

Chemicals, Consumer Goods, Distribution / Warehousing, General Manufacturing