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Industrial Safety and Health Engineers

Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.   (O'Net 17-2111.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Behavioral Health Consultant, Chief Security and Safety Officer (CSO), Corporate Health, Safety, and Occupational Toxicology Director, Corporate Health, Safety, and Security Manager, Environmental Affairs, Safety, and Security Manager, Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator (EHS Coordinator)   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors which includes:
                          - Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
                          - Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
                          - Product Safety Engineers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 18.00   $ 24.86   $ 35.84   $ 47.03   $ 57.24   $ 36.71  
    Yearly $37,440   $51,700   $74,550   $97,810   $119,050   $76,370  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 27.27   $ 32.74   $ 38.64   $ 45.93   $ 50.48   $ 39.16  
    Yearly $56,720   $68,100   $80,360   $95,530   $105,010   $81,460  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 17.38   $ 20.57   $ 31.66   $ 51.76   $ 60.50   $ 36.65  
    Yearly $36,150   $42,790   $65,840   $107,660   $125,850   $76,230  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors which includes:
                                  - Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
                                  - Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
                                  - Product Safety Engineers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 63 62 -0.2% 2
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors which includes:
                                - Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
                                - Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
                                - Product Safety Engineers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Construction of buildings 9.1%
    Heavy and civil engineering construction 8.8%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 8.4%
    Chemical manufacturing 6.7%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 5.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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  • Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.
     
  • Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards.
     
  • Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.
     
  • Install safety devices on machinery, or direct device installation.
     
  • Investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine causes and preventive measures.
     
  • Review plans and specifications for construction of new machinery or equipment to determine whether all safety requirements have been met.
     
  • Report or review findings from accident investigations, facilities inspections, or environmental testing.
     
  • Interview employers and employees to obtain information about work environments and workplace incidents.
     
  • Evaluate adequacy of actions taken to correct health inspection violations.
     
  • Review employee safety programs to determine their adequacy.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
    for Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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  • 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.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
     
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
    for Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
    for Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Engineer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Professional Engineering
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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