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Industrial Safety and Health Engineers

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

    Work Activities
    • Investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine causes and preventive measures.
    • Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.
    • Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.
    • Conduct or coordinate worker training in areas such as safety laws and regulations, hazardous condition monitoring, and use of safety equipment.
    • Report or review findings from accident investigations, facilities inspections, or environmental testing.
    • Evaluate adequacy of actions taken to correct health inspection violations.
    • Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards.
    • Interpret safety regulations for others interested in industrial safety, such as safety engineers, labor representatives, and safety inspectors.
    • Install safety devices on machinery, or direct device installation.
    • Review plans and specifications for construction of new machinery or equipment to determine whether all safety requirements have been met.
    • Review employee safety programs to determine their adequacy.
    • Interview employers and employees to obtain information about work environments and workplace incidents.
    • Conduct or direct testing of air quality, noise, temperature, or radiation levels to verify compliance with health and safety regulations.
    • Provide technical advice and guidance to organizations on how to handle health-related problems and make needed changes.
    • Maintain liaisons with outside organizations, such as fire departments, mutual aid societies, and rescue teams, so that emergency responses can be facilitated.
    • Plan and conduct industrial hygiene research.
    • Compile, analyze, and interpret statistical data related to occupational illnesses and accidents.
    • Design and build safety equipment.
    • Write and revise safety regulations and codes.
    • Confer with medical professionals to assess health risks and to develop ways to manage health issues and concerns.
    • Check floors of plants to ensure that they are strong enough to support heavy machinery.
    Skills
    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $87,970/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $42.30/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 530
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Leadership
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
    • Physiological recorders
    • Dynamometers
    • Air sampling pumps
    • Air pollutant samplers
    Technology
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer based training software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Compliance software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.