Career as a Product Safety Engineer


Summary

A Product Safety Engineer is a specialized type of engineer also known as System Safety Engineer. A Product Safety Engineer is someone who determines whether products are safe for use by consumers. They are responsible for developing and carrying out tests and experiments to gauge the safety levels of these products, and come up with recommendations and solutions for any safety hazards so that safety risks can be reduced. Product Safety Engineers also compile product usage instructions and safety warnings for consumers, and participate in recalls when issues have been reported.

Product Safety Engineers develop and conduct tests to evaluate product safety levels, and recommend measures to reduce or eliminate hazards. They also recommend procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards. In the unfortunate event that a worker gets injured, a product safety engineer will investigate the cause of the accident, injury or illness, and develop a solution to minimize or prevent recurrence.

The duties of Product Safety Engineers includes to conducting research to evaluate safety levels for products, evaluating potential health hazards that could occur from product misuse, investigating causes of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage. They also participate in preparation of product usage and precautionary label instructions and recommending procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards. They are also involved in developing solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage and researching product safety. They also do advising others on health and safety issues and preparing procedural documents. They also maintain operational records or records systems and isolating potential safety hazards and also overseeing manufacturing process of product for analyzing chemical features to ensure nothing is hazardous and reducing liability concerns and actions.

Work Environment

Product Safety Engineers work in teams that include other engineering specialties, quality assurance, quality improvement, regulatory compliance specialists, educators and lawyers. Product safety engineers have to be diligent about getting facts from other engineers. It is common for a product safety engineer to consider software, chemical, electrical, mechanical, procedural, and training problems in the same day. Often the facts can be very uncomfortable as many safety related issues point towards mediocre management systems or worse, questionable business ethics.

Entry Level Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, Chemical, Aerospace and other related fields .

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