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Safety Engineering

Industrial Safety Engineers, Engineering Courses, Engineering Schools


Industrial Safety Engineers collect data during the operational life of the System and eliminate or control hazards if possible or practical.  When accidents occur, they are investigated and action is taken to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence—either changing the plant or changing employee work rules and training.


Safety Engineering applies to two principal areas: the safety of industrial processes and the reliability of the products or project once completed.  System Safety uses Systems Theory and Systems Engineering approaches to prevent foreseeable accidents and to minimize the result of unforeseen ones.  Losses in general, not just human death or injury are considered.  Such losses may include destruction of property, disruption of job schedule, and environmental harm. 


Reliability Engineering is concerned primarily with failures and failure rate reduction. The Reliability Engineering Approach to safety thus concentrates on failure as the cause of accidents.  Reliability Engineering uses a variety of techniques to minimize component failures and thereby the failures of Complex Systems caused by component failure, including parallel redundancy, built-in safety factors and timed replacements.


Degrees and Certificates for Careers in Safety Engineering


  • Associates in Safety and Health
  • Bachelors in Safety Technology
  • Bachelors in Industrial Engineering/Safety
  • Bachelors in Safety Engineering
  • Certification as a Safety Professional (BCSP)

Median Annual Salary for Safety Engineering Professionals


Certified Safety Professional


Environmental, Health & Safety Engineer


     Entry Level




     Project Lead



Source: Board of Certified Safety Professionals; Salary.Com

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