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Hazard Recognition

"The energy-based safety approach has been transformational for our business. You can tell when it’s working. You hear the conversation change in the workplace, your data trending re-focuses to potential severity, and the frequency of potentially serious injuries and fatalities (P-SIF) was reduced.  That’s what we’ve observed. 


The delivery of the material is second to none. Our team quickly understood the process and recognized the benefit. Few programs are operationalized to this extent."


~Mike Court • Sr. Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality • Graham Construction

How it works

A series of laboratory experiments have revealed that - regardless of culture, experience, industry, or trade - human beings have the same tendency to focus on certain types of hazards while being blind to others until prompted. Energy-based hazard recognition involves using the Energy Wheel to guide pre-job safety meetings and scanning of dangerous work environments. The wheel is intended to be used to prompt the brain to consider some hazards that would otherwise go unnoticed. Based upon two years of full-time pilot testing by researchers at the University of Colorado and Virginia Tech, the energy method consistently improved hazard recognition by 20-30%. Read our peer-reviewed paper below.

White Paper

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What we offer

Virtual Training

In this 3-hour course, participants will learn how to use the concept of energy to improve hazard recognition, assess potential injury severity, and evaluate the adequacy of controls. The education module includes activities, instruction, and assessment delivered by Dr. Matthew Hallowell, an award-winning teacher and researcher. 


The course is ideal for clients who would like their employees and contractors to be prepared to implement these new strategies. Those who successfully complete the course receive a certificate. 

A 30-minute short course on the energy wheel is also available. 

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In-Person Keynote Presentation

Dr. Matthew Hallowell offers keynote presentations on this topic and has delivered to audiences ranging from 100 to over 2,000. His presentation includes a number of engaging audience activities and generates a vibrant discussion.

Speaker Bio


In-Person Workshops

Workshops on energy-based hazard recognition is offered for all levels. Typically, we recommend that an organization host a leadership introductory session to explore whether the energy method is something that the organization would like to pursue. Subsequently, field-level management can be trained across the organization and implementation plans can be established.

Workshop Description

Client List

We have delivered energy-based hazard recognition training to the following organizations:

  • Adolfson and Peterson

  • AECI

  • Aecon

  • AEP

  • Aerostar

  • Alabama Power

  • Albemarle

  • Allete

  • Amazon

  • Ameren


  • APS

  • Atlas Roofing

  • Austin

  • Baltimore Gas and Electric

  • Bi-Con

  • Bird Construction

  • BMWC Constructors

  • Brookfield Properties

  • California Resources Corp

  • Capital Power

  • Capital Power

  • Centuri

  • CEPA

  • Chevron

  • Cleco

  • ComEd

  • Conoco Phillips

  • Consolidated Edison

  • Consumers Energy

  • Department of Energy

  • DFI

  • Duke

  • Edison Electric Institute

  • Emera

  • Enbridge

  • Energy Safety Canada

  • Entergy

  • EPRI

  • Ergon

  • Eversource

  • Exelon

  • Flynn

  • Fortis Operating Group

  • Gilchrist

  • Google

  • Graham

  • Harder

  • Holder

  • INGAA Foundation

  • JE Dunn

  • KPRS

  • Limbach

  • LineTech

  • Mastec

  • Minnesota Limited

  • Minnesota Power

  • MYR Group


  • National Grid

  • Newfoundland Power

  • NiSource

  • NREC

  • NWR Partnership

  • Oncor

  • One OK

  • Ontario Power

  • Otis

  • PCL

  • Pembina

  • PHI

  • PNM Resources

  • PPL

  • Premiere Oil

  • Price Gregory

  • Primoris

  • Probst

  • Quanta

  • Rosendin Construction


  • Snelson

  • SoCalGas

  • Southern California Edsion

  • Southern Company

  • SpaceX

  • Stanford University

  • Summit Line Company

  • TC Energy

  • Technip

  • Teco Energy

  • Tennessee Valley Authority

  • Terracon

  • Transgrid

  • TriState

  • UA-ITF

  • Urbint

  • Vallero

  • Wilbros

  • Wolfcreek Group

  • Xcel Energy

"Energy-based hazard recognition is critical to using your resources properly. It is so easy for safety programs to become ‘watered down’ and focus only on the most obvious hazards.  The energy wheel helps prompt employees to think about risks they may have overlooked before." 


~Jenny Bailey • Director of Safety and Health • Alliant Energy

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