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Industrial Safety and Health Engineers - 17-2111.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Environmental Health and Safety Director (EHS Director)
  • Health and Safety Professional
  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Industrial Safety Engineer
  • Safety and Health Consultant
  • Safety Engineer
  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Team Leader
  • Safety, Health, and Environment Vice President

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Check floors of plants to ensure that they are strong enough to support heavy machinery.
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret statistical data related to occupational illnesses and accidents.
  • Conduct or coordinate worker training in areas such as safety laws and regulations, hazardous condition monitoring, and use of safety equipment.
  • Conduct or direct testing of air quality, noise, temperature, or radiation levels to verify compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Confer with medical professionals to assess health risks and to develop ways to manage health issues and concerns.
  • Design and build safety equipment.
  • Evaluate adequacy of actions taken to correct health inspection violations.
  • 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.
  • Interpret safety regulations for others interested in industrial safety, such as safety engineers, labor representatives, and safety inspectors.
  • Interview employers and employees to obtain information about work environments and workplace incidents.
  • Investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine causes and preventive measures.
  • Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.
  • Maintain liaisons with outside organizations, such as fire departments, mutual aid societies, and rescue teams, so that emergency responses can be facilitated.
  • Plan and conduct industrial hygiene research.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to organizations on how to handle health-related problems and make needed changes.
  • Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards.
  • Report or review findings from accident investigations, facilities inspections, or environmental testing.
  • Review employee safety programs to determine their adequacy.
  • Review plans and specifications for construction of new machinery or equipment to determine whether all safety requirements have been met.
  • Write and revise safety regulations and codes.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on health and safety issues.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Document design or operational test results.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.
  • Fabricate devices or components.
  • Inspect equipment or systems.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
  • Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems.
  • Investigate safety of work environment.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Research human performance or health factors related to engineering or design activities.
  • Teach safety standards or environmental compliance methods.
  • Update technical knowledge.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aeromedical Evacuation (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aircraft Loadmaster (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Loadmaster Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Loadmaster Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Loadmaster Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Loadmaster Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Loadmaster Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Behavioral Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Architecture/Medical Construction (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Environmental Engineering and Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, General (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Health Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Industrial Hygiene (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Medical Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Senior Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Health Services (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • In-Flight Refueling (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • In-Flight Refueling Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Laboratory Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pharmacy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Podiatry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiological Control Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • RL - Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer - Aviation Maintenance (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Safety (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Engineer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Safety Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surface Safety Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Weapons and Ammunition Inspection/Safety Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Weapons Safety Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Weapons Systems Inspection and Survey Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Industrial-Health Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Safety Manager