Provide health and safety measures in a working environment.
Support staff with the identification of environmental aspects and determining the project objectives and target.
Identify and evaluate the unsafe environment and practices.
Identify the root causes of safety and industrial hygiene.
Develop hazard control processes, methods and programs.
Recommend solutions to issues that need improvement.
Advise several ways of controlling potential threats.
Monitor implementation of safety plans according to plans and objectives.
Monitor and track safety systems by using computer systems and spreadsheets.
Communicate plans and strategies across the entire business unit from time to time.
Maintain and manage equipment and processes related to each project of health and safety.
Suggest several preventive methods and practices like recycling, waste disposal, pollution control, etc.
Collaborate with other levels of engineering staff, quality assurance, quality improvement, regulatory compliance specialists, etc.
Measure and audit the effectiveness of hazard control programs.
Prepare future safety plans based on past experiences and facts.
Work in compliance with ISO 14000 14001 standards and practices.
Review plans and specifications for new machinery and equipment to make sure they meet safety requirements.
Identify and correct potential hazards by inspecting facilities, machinery, and safety equipment.
Evaluate the effectiveness of various industrial control mechanisms.
Ensure that a building or product complies with health and safety regulations, especially after an inspection that required changes.
Install safety devices on machinery or direct the installation of these devices.
Review employee safety programs and recommend improvements.
Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.
Health and safety engineers also investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine their causes and to determine whether the incidents could have been or can be prevented. They interview employers and employees to learn about work environments and incidents that lead to accidents or injuries. They also evaluate the corrections that were made to remedy violations found during health inspections.
Health and safety engineers are also active in two related fields: industrial hygiene and occupational hygiene. In industrial hygiene, they focus on the effects of chemical, physical, and biological agents. They recognize, evaluate, and control these agents to keep people from becoming sick or injured. For example, they might anticipate that a particular manufacturing process will give off a potentially harmful chemical and recommend either a change to the process or a way to contain and control the chemical.
In occupational hygiene, health and safety engineers investigate the environment in which people work and use science and engineering to recommend changes to keep workers from being exposed to sickness or injuries. They help employers and employees understand the risks, and improve working conditions and working practices. For example, they might observe that the noise level in a factory is likely to cause harm to workers hearing and recommend ways to reduce the noise level through changes to the building, reducing exposure time, or by having workers wear proper hearing protection.
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