Product Safety Engineer  What They Do

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Product Safety Engineers Career Video



Develops and conducts tests to evaluate product safety levels. Recommends measures to reduce or eliminate hazards.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Investigates causes of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage in order to develop solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence.
  • Evaluates potential health hazards or damage that could occur from product misuse.
  • Participates in preparation of product usage and precautionary label instructions.
  • Recommends procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards.
  • Reports accident investigation findings.
  • Conducts research to evaluate safety levels for products.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Extra Vehicular Activity Safety Engineer (EVA Engineer) --
  • Product Safety and Standards Engineer --
  • Product Safety Consultant --
  • Product Safety Coordinator --
  • Product Safety Manager --
  • Product Safety Officer --
  • Risk Control Product Liability Director --
  • Service Loss Control Consultant --
  • System Safety Engineer --