Safety Engineering, duties and responsibilities

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What is Safety Engineering?

Safety engineering is the process of identifying and control hazards and reducing risks at workplace, And dealing with the prevention of accidents, and other safety benefits from engineered systems & designs. Safety engineering interconnects industrial and system engineering to the manufacturing of products and equipment for safe operations.

Importance of Safety Engineering

The purpose of safety engineering is to reduce, control or eliminate the risks. Also reduces the rate of failures. Thus the perfect use can help in minimizing accidents at the workplace. And help employees to work in a safe environment. The growth and development are always related to the safety of employees.

In addition, engineers use and apply their educational skills and principle to create a safe work environment. They develop effective systems that continue working even when other parts fail during operation.

Duties and responsibilities

What does safety engineer do? As discussed above, organizations never compromise on the safety of their workers. And there are national and international agencies that regulate safety at the workplace. Safety engineers play an important role. Some of the responsibilities or duties are listed below.

  • Execute safety programs at the workplace and try to minimize the safety losses in an organization.
  • Perform safety inspection, identify hazards and prepare risk assessment for tasks.
  • Ensure that all workers comply to the safety work procedures and PPE program.
  • Prepare safety toolbox talks for various jobs. And perform on job training for all workers specially for new workers.
  • Prepare accidents report and analyze root causes of the accident to prevent any similar situations.
  • They develop a safety culture to prevent health hazards. And try to minimize or prevent illness with help of the management team.
  • Another responsibility is to interpret legal requirements & standards by monitoring R&D projects.
  • Control health solutions, Automation, and environmental management Systems programs.
  • Prepare safety reports and present a summary to the executive management and also suggest possible solutions.
  • Safety engineers develop quality products and decrease errors, accidents at the workplace.

Read Also:What is safety toolbox talks?

What are the key skills of safety engineer?

Below are some basic skills that a safety engineer must-have.

  • Ability to identify hidden hazards at workplace environment.
  • In-depth knowledge of personal protective equipment different types and uses.
  • Deep knowledge about different types of jobs risk assessment and safety work procedures.
  • Good presentation and training skills.
  • Writing health and safety reports and policies.

Besides the safety skills, He should has the following skills.

  • Excellent communication skills
  • A safety engineer must be responsive
  • He/she must have computer skills
  • Able to deliver and manage teamwork
  • Never compromise on accuracy
  • Must be creative and offer new and advanced solutions to decrease and prevent accidents and increase safety at the workplace.

Safety engineer salary in united states

For me I’m an electrical engineer, But I made a deep research to find the average salary of safety engineers. The data I found is below.

The salary in the united stats starts from 55,600USD and up to 128,000USD per year. The salary is affected by :

  • Education level, Master’s degree salary is higher than Bachelor’s degree.
  • Years of experience, 0-2 years 55,600K USD, 2-5 years 70,300USD, 5-10 years 92,600 USD, 10-15 years 109,000USD, 15-20 years 121,000USD, 20+ years 128,000 USD.
  • Place of work, i.e company and city.
salary change by experience in United States
salary change by experience in United States

Safety recommended courses for engineers

Experienced safety engineers recommend some courses as follow to enhance your safety knowledge.

  • IOSH MANAGING SAFELY, This one gives you an internationally recognized and respected certification in basics of safety and health.
  • OSHA general standard.
  • OSHA construction standard.
  • Crises management course.
  • ASP , Associate Safety Professional.
  • NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (NEBOSH IGC).