Marjory Anderson

Marjory E Anderson CSP

Safety Engineer
Architect of the Capitol
Washington, DC, United States
Marjory Anderson
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Marjory Anderson is the Safety Engineer for the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, DC. She has served in this position for more than 9 years and has been actively involved in virtually all construction, renovation, and maintenance projects carried on by the agency's central staff. She has also been principal in writing the Safety & Health specification, required for agency contracts, as well as the Safety through Design Policy. She serves as the Safety Engineer in a seven person branch comprised of four Safety Specialists, an Industrial Hygienist, and a Safety Engineer serving under the Safety & Occupational Health Branch Manager. She has over 15 years' experience as a Safety Engineer, working in both the private and public sectors. She is a CSP and an active member of the Engineering Practice Specialty's Advisory Committee.
Bachelor of Science in Management Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Master of Science in Safety Sciences Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
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Answers by Miss Marjory E Anderson CSP

Rebecca, One option you might look into is Safety Engineering, some schools call it by other names. This is my job and I am absolutely horrible with math, I've never understood it. As a Safety Engineer you deal with OSHA regulations and determining how to protect employees and keep businesses compliant with regulations. You also get into review drawings and specification for projects which allows you to ensure hazards are not being designed in unintentionally, and if they are to recommend remedies for the hazard. Some Safety engineers also get into designing machine guards and barricades. This is a field that is expanding for women, every year I see more and more girls coming in from colleges around the country. It's a very rewarding career. It also lets you be a little bit of a scientist too because we deal with chemicals and chemical exposures. If you aren't sure which you should pursue ask yourself this, Do I want to know how things work or why things work? Scientists research the why and Engineers create the how, or so my brother advised me when I was in college. If you have any other questions about Safety Engineering, check out my profile page and get in touch with me. Good luck with your studies.

I think it depends upon your specialization. For example, if you are in nuclear, reliability, mechanical, and specialties along those lines you will probably be pretty safe in finding a job. However, in the safety and environmental engineering fields we are often considered as overhead cost and so the opportunities there could be affected by the economy. Tight now however, there are many opportunities in those 2 fields. Good luck to you!!

My day varies from a day review project blueprints and specifications to conducting workplace inspections or accident investigations to writing safety policies and procedures. Most of my work depends upon contact with shop employees and being able to communicate well with people at all levels of the organization. Also, I am fortunate enough to have developed a relationship with people in the American Society of Safety Engineers and have spoken about topics such as SAfety Through Design, Fall Proteciton, and making Historic Buildings Safe at national Professioanl development Conferences. If you would like any informaiton on school programs I suggest contacting the society online or you can ask me more questions through Engineer Girl. Good luck in your endeavours!!