Health, Safety & EnvironmentProcess Safety Engineer

Process Safety Engineers plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs.

Process Safety Engineer

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Are you the person that is always thinking about the "what ifs" in life? Do you like to be prepared by planning for a worst-case scenario? If so, you're calling may be a career as a Process Safety Engineer.

In this role, your main focus is helping production plants improve through risk identification and reduction from the design stage for new plants or on established projects at existing plants. You'll identify future problems and work to eliminate them. In this role you'll inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential risks. You'll also work to ensure safety regulation compliance.

Keeping employees safe is your top priority. A Process Safety Engineer will review employee safety programs to make sure they are at their best. You'll review plans for the building of of new machinery to find out if all safety needs have been met. You'll recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to work hazards. If an industrial accident occurs, you'll find the the causes. Then you'll recommend changes to prevent the accident from happening again.

Previous experience in the manufacturing or chemical industry is very helpful for this role. You'll also need a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, preferably in chemical or mechanical engineering.

Critical Skills

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Chemistry Knowledge
  • Engineering Principles
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Health, Safety and Environment Practices
  • Mechanical Tools, Equipment, and Systems
  • Operations Analysis and Monitoring
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures
  • Understanding of Regulatory Requirements

Key Responsibilities

  • Complete process safety reviews and develop recommendations for addressing process safety issues
  • Provide risk assessment through the use of risk analysis techniques and tools
  • Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes
  • Conduct or coordinate worker training in areas such as safety laws and regulations, hazardous condition monitoring, and use of safety equipment
  • Investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases
  • Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to work hazards
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret statistical data related to occupational illnesses and accidents
  • Review employee safety programs to determine their adequacy
  • Provide coaching to plants on identification and resolution of process safety issues

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.

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Salary: $38-65/hour

My Interests

Having Independence

Managing People


Improving Processes

Learning & Growing

Working with Data

Physical Activity

Writing Reports and Documentation

Caring for the Environment

Managing Things

Quiet Work Place

Avoiding Risk

Avoiding Stress

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Required Education

Bachelor's degree in engineering

Preferred Education

Master's degree in chemical or mechanical engineering
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Fire & Exposure Index
Chemical Exposure Index
Layers of Protection Analysis

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