Book’s Audience

Ethical engineers…deserve to have an environment where improper behavior is not tolerated and where product safety is a value and not a fear.

—From the book
Chapter 7: Product-Safety Engineering


Although this book is written as an engineering-design textbook, its minimal use of mathematics and science keeps it within the reach of anyone with an interest in safe products. The examples used to demonstrate concepts and methods are simple enough to be understood by virtually any reader.

In addition, this book is unique in that the author believes that it is written in a style—and covers topics—that will make it a compelling “read.”

Many readers will be able to read it without studying it.

There are no answers in the back of the book since different people will have their own value systems and reach different conclusions. One objective is to help readers go beyond forming simple opinions to reaching informed conclusions.

Put simply, engineers should employ mathematics and science to the extent practical, think critically, and then ultimately arrive at well-reasoned and ethical product-design conclusions which will serve the public good through safer consumer products.


Although this book was conceived for an intended audience, its execution makes the book suitable for many other readers.

Intended Audience

  • Engineering students and professors/instructors of any discipline, including: Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical, Computer, Civil, Industrial, Systems, Nuclear, Biomedical, Biomechanical, Agricultural, Mining, Environmental, and Chemical
  • Practicing engineers, managers, and directors, in: Product safety, System safety, Functional safety, Product design, Product planning, Operations, Manufacturing, and Purchasing
  • Applied scientists

Suitable Audience

  • Corporate executives, directors, and managers
  • Entrepreneurs in “start-up” companies
  • Regulators: commissioners, counsel, and staff
  • Attorneys and their staffs: corporate and trial
  • Insurance companies: executives, management, underwriters, and others involved in risk reduction and management
  • Consumer advocates
  • Standards-development organizations (SDOs)
  • Testing laboratories
  • Ergonomists
  • Human-factors professionals
  • Consulting engineers and scientists
  • Educators
  • Trainers
  • Non-engineering students
  • Anyone involved with:
    • Compliance
    • Health
    • Product stewardship
    • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
    • Quality
    • Industrial safety
    • Industrial hygiene (IH)
    • Product-safety management

Engineering Ethics and Design for Product Safety (DFPS), Kenneth L. d'Entremont, 2021, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY


© K.L. d’Entremont, 2021