Product Safety Engineer

When new products are invented they are put through a series of evaluations tests and revisions that are designed to examine their safety and usability. Product safety engineers are the professionals who design products and also implement necessary changes so that products that are released for sale to the public are not dangerous. However there are also cases in which mass produced products are determined to be faulty and to pose a danger to users. In such cases product safety engineers are tasked with studying the product’s current design and making improvements to the products before they are re-introduced to the public. Additionally product safety engineers are often the people responsible for determining what types of warnings should be placed on product safety labels. Because they are they are responsible for ensuring the safety of manufactured products they are the most knowledgeable about potential problems or risks that the products may pose. However not only do they study potential problems associated with products when the products are used properly but they must also perform tests and evaluate the potential health and safety risks associated with the product being used inappropriately (either intentionally or unintentionally). Product safety engineers must earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering before obtaining a position in this field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) product safety engineers are classified together with health engineers and they earn a yearly salary between $43540 and $106220.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $74880
High Salary: $106220
Low Salary: $43540
Tasks: Promotes product safety.
Makes recommendations to reduce product hazards.
Investigates problems with products.
Helps write product safety instructions on labels.
Also Called: Product Safety Designer
Product Safety Inspector
Hazard Control Engineer
Health Engineer
Additional Resources: http://www.mymajors.com/careers-and-jobs/Product-Safety-Engineer
http://dot-job-descriptions.careerplanner.com/PRODUCT-SAFETY-ENGINEER.cfm
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos027.htm