Safety Engineer is an engineer who is specially trained in accident prevention, especially in industrial situations.
The scope of a safety engineer is to perform their professional functions. Safety engineering professionals must have education, training and experience in a common body of knowledge.
Therefore, Safety engineering is an engineering discipline which assures that engineered systems provide acceptable levels of safety. It is strongly related to industrial engineering/systems engineering, and the subset system safety engineering .
Functions of a Safety Engineer..
The major areas relating to the protection of people,
property and the environment are:
*Anticipate, identify and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices.
*Develop hazard control designs, methods, procedures and programs.
*Measure, audit and evaluate the effectiveness of hazard control programs.
*Draft a future safety plan and statement based on real time experiences and facts.
Professional safety studies include industrial hygiene and toxicology, design of engineering hazard controls, fire protection, ergonomics, system and process safety, system safety, safety and health program management, accident investigation and analysis, product safety , construction safety, education and training methods, measurement of safety performance, human behavior , environmental safety and health, and safety, health and environmental laws, regulations and standards. Many safety engineers have backgrounds or advanced study in other disciplines, such as management and business administration engineering, system engineering/industrial engineering requirements engineering, reliability engineering maintenance, human factors, operations, education physical and social sciences and other fields. Others have advanced study in safety. This extends their expertise beyond the basics of the safety engineering profession.
Engr Agbili Martin is the Coordinator Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers, Awka