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

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assessment of risks and threats

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

  • Engineering processes

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

  • Technical drawings

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

  • Health and safety regulations

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

Skills

  • Approve engineering design

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

  • Advise on safety improvements

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

  • Perform scientific research

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

  • Adjust engineering designs

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

  • Draw up risk assessment

    Assess risks, propose improvements and describe measures to be taken at the organisational level.

Optional knowledge and skills

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