Industrial Safety and Health Engineers

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About the Job

Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.

It is also Called

  • Behavioral Health Consultant
  • Chief Security and Safety Officer (CSO)
  • Corporate Health, Safety, and Occupational Toxicology Director
  • Corporate Health, Safety, and Security Manager
  • Environmental Affairs, Safety, and Security Manager
  • Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator (EHS Coordinator)
  • Environmental Health and Safety Director (EHS Director)
  • Environmental Health and Safety Engineer (EHS Engineer)
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist (EHS Specialist)
  • Environmental Health, Safety, and Engineering Manager
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What They Do

  • Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.
  • Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards.
  • Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.
  • Install safety devices on machinery, or direct device installation.
  • Investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine causes and preventive measures.
  • Review plans and specifications for construction of new machinery or equipment to determine whether all safety requirements have been met.
  • Report or review findings from accident investigations, facilities inspections, or environmental testing.
  • Interview employers and employees to obtain information about work environments and workplace incidents.
  • Review employee safety programs to determine their adequacy.
  • Evaluate adequacy of actions taken to correct health inspection violations.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ICR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Conventional and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $99,860 with most people making between $65,970 and $131,320

Outlook

1.43%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 70 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 1 openings due to growth and about 21 replacement openings for approximately 22 total annual openings.



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