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Health and Safety Engineer

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Health and Safety Engineers Career Video

About This Career

Promotes worksite or product safety by applying knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, chemistry, psychology, and industrial health and safety laws.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Investigates industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine causes and preventive measures.
  • Conducts research to evaluate safety levels for products.
  • Evaluates product designs for safety.
  • Maintains and applies knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.
  • Conducts or coordinates worker training in areas such as safety laws and regulations, hazardous condition monitoring, and use of safety equipment.
  • Recommends procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards.
  • Reports or reviews findings from accident investigations, facilities inspections, or environmental testing.
  • Evaluates potential health hazards or damage that could occur from product misuse.
  • Evaluates adequacy of actions taken to correct health inspection violations.
  • Interprets safety regulations for others interested in industrial safety, such as safety engineers, labor representatives, and safety inspectors.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overnight travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Safety and Health Consultant
  • Industrial Safety Engineer
  • Product Safety Consultant
  • Product Safety Engineer
  • Service Loss Control Consultant
  • System Safety Engineer
  • Product Safety and Standards Engineer
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Health and Safety Specialist


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