Health and safety engineers use their knowledge of the mechanisms of devices, machines, and products to prevent an injury that a consumer could incur otherwise. These engineers ensure that any new product or machinery that is coming out on the market is up to all current national safety guidelines. Health and safety engineers carefully look over all machinery and products before they go out on the market to try and find any flaw or design error that could cause the injury or poisoning of an unsuspecting user or consumer.
It is the duty of a health and safety engineer to work with one another to incorporate safety devices or measures upon products or machinery that otherwise would not have been considered safe for the public. Many health and safety engineers are the people who overview accidents involved with the use of certain machinery and products.
Potential health and safety engineers should expect to travel to the sites of accidents for evaluations or to areas where a product needs review. Oftentimes, health and safety engineers are working inside offices when they are not travelling to and from product or machinery sites. A bachelor’s degree is normally required in engineering in a specialty such as chemical or mechanical. A strong background in the sciences and in mathematics is a huge plus, as much of the work performed correlates strongly with those respective fields.
Health and Safety Engineer (but not Mining Safety Engineer or Inspector) Tasks
Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs to prevent or correct hazardous environmental working conditions.
Install test machinery and test air quality, noise level, temperature or radiation and suggest solutions to compliance problems.
Identify and monitor potential hazards and mitigation techniques.