Safety Engineering

Safety engineering,  study of the causes and the prevention of accidental deaths and injuries. The field of safety engineering has not developed as a unified, specific discipline, and its practitioners have operated under a wide variety of position titles, job descriptions, responsibilities, and reporting levels in industry and in the loss-prevention activities of insurance companies. The general areas that have been identified as the major functions carried out by the professional safety engineer or safety professional are: the identification and appraisal of accident-producing conditions and practices and the evaluation of the severity of the accident problem; the development of accident and loss-control methods, procedures, and programs; the communication of accident and loss-control information to those directly involved; and the measurement and evaluation of the accident and loss-control systems and the modifications that are required to obtain optimum results.

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