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Product Safety Engineer

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What They Do

Health and Safety Engineers Career Video

Develops and conducts tests to evaluate product safety levels and recommends measures to reduce or eliminate hazards.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Investigates causes of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage to develop solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence.
  • Conducts research to evaluate safety levels for products.
  • Reports accident investigation findings.
  • Evaluates product designs for safety.
  • Recommends procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards.
  • Evaluates potential health hazards or damage that could occur from product misuse.
  • Participates in preparation of product usage and precautionary label instructions.
  • Provides expert testimony in litigation cases.
  • Develops industry standards of product safety.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Product Safety and Standards Engineer
  • Product Safety Consultant
  • Service Loss Control Consultant
  • System Safety Engineer
  • Safety and Health Consultant
  • Safety Engineer
  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Industrial Safety Engineer


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