Profession health and safety engineer

Health and safety engineers design objects and programs by combining engineering principles and health and safety requirements. They envision the protection and well-being of the people using designed objects or performing work under designed health and safety programs. They assess facilities and the risks that they might pose (e.g. contaminant materials, ergonomics, handling of dangerous substances, etc.) in order to design and improve health and safety measures.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Safety engineering

    The engineering discipline used to ensure that systems, machines and equipment work according to the set safety standards and laws, such as environmental law.

  • Assessment of risks and threats

    The security documentation and any security-related communications and information.


  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Advise on safety improvements

    Provide relevant recommendations following the conclusion of an investigation; ensure that recommendations are duly considered and where appropriate acted upon.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

Optional knowledge and skills

design principles investigate occupational injuries environmental legislation follow nuclear plant safety precautions adhere to standards of national and international safety programmes develop material testing procedures fire-fighting systems accept own accountability conduct workplace audits physics undertake inspections nuclear energy materials science monitor work site follow up on safety breaches perform laboratory tests apply knowledge of human behaviour fire safety regulations chemistry determine fire risks carry out environmental audits conduct fire tests fire protection engineering civil engineering respond to nuclear emergencies ergonomics textile materials radiation protection advise architects design strategies for nuclear emergencies conduct fire safety inspections quality assurance procedures advise on construction materials thermohydraulics human factors regarding safety fire prevention procedures evaluate industrial hygiene educate employees on occupational hazards draft design specifications test safety strategies write inspection reports instruct employees on radiation protection design safety equipment thermodynamics install safety devices