Profession health and safety engineer

Health and safety engineers conduct research and design, organise and oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of process plant and installations. They establish programs for coordination with health and safety regulations.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

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  • Technical drawings

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

  • Assessment of risks and threats

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

  • 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.

  • Engineering processes

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

  • 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.

  • Health and safety regulations

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


  • Approve engineering design

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

  • 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.

  • Advise on safety improvements

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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