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Definition - What does Safety Engineering mean?

Safety engineering is a field of engineering that deals with accident prevention, risk of human error reduction and safety provided by the engineered systems and designs.

It is associated with industrial engineering and system engineering and applied to manufacturing, public works and product designs to make safety an integral part of operations.

Safeopedia explains Safety Engineering

The purpose of safety engineering is to control risk by reducing or completely eliminating it. It also aims to reduce the rate of failures and if failure does occur, it is not life threatening. Safety engineering usually begins during the design of a system or product development.

Safety engineers study possible accidents under various conditions and bring forward the accident risks. They then design safety guards or procedures the operators must follow to remain safe. Sometimes, they take the help of computer models, prototypes or replicate the situations to assess the hazards and risks. Before implementing a system or produce a product, safety engineers consider all possibilities, including, engineering, technical safety, material reliability, legislations and human factors to make sure that there is no known hazard.

This definition was written in the context of Health, Safety and Environment

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