Energy-Based Hazard Recognition and the Energy Wheel (30-Min Version)

Discover how to identify hazards using this research-validated method. This 30-minute training is the abridged version of the full Energy Wheel module.

Improve Your Hazard Recognition Skills

With Proven Results

There are human limitations to identifying hazards in the workplace.  Learn how to use the Energy Wheel to drastically improve your hazard recognition performance.  You'll be the recipient of a tool which is based on years of field and laboratory research.  


Improve in 30 Minutes

And join thousands of people who have come before you


Introduction to Energy-Based Hazard Recognition


  • Introduction to Energy-Based Hazard Recognition FREE PREVIEW

Hazard Recognition Exercise


  • Hazard Recognition Exercise

Field Research


  • Field Research

Lab Research


  • Lab Research

Energy Wheel


  • Gravity, Motion, Mechanical
  • Electrical, Pressure, Sound, Radiation, Biological
  • Chemical, Temperature

Best Practices and Conclusion


  • Best Practices and Conclusion
  • Energy Wheel
  • Quiz - Energy-Based Hazard Recognition

About Your Instructor

Matthew Hallowell

Matthew Hallowell


Dr. Matthew Hallowell is a President’s Teaching Scholar and Endowed Professor of Construction Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned a BS and MS in Civil Engineering and a PhD with a focus on Construction Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health. Before his academic career, he worked in construction as a laborer, project engineer, and quality inspector.

Dr. Hallowell specializes in construction safety research, with an emphasis on the science of safety. He collaborates with companies and industry associations like the Edison Electric Institute, Project Leadership Institute, Canadian Pipeline Association, and the INGAA foundation. For his research, he has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Construction Industry Institute Outstanding Researcher Award.


Explain the Human Limitations in Hazard Recognition

Apply the Energy Wheel to Recognize More Hazards

Describe the Evidence Behind How it Works


Dr. Hallowell's delivery of energy-based hazard recognition is creative, engaging, and interesting. I left the session understanding how to enhance hazard recognition and risk assessment at the front line.
Jenny Bailey Director of Safety and Health • Xcel Energy
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. 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
The energy-based approach is backed by science, yet the theory is so easy to understand. Once the initial training to leadership and field crews has been done, the change in conversations is immediately evident… from the front lines to the executive boardrooms. The delivery of the material is also engaging and generates overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. After 30 years of being involved in the safety field, I believe the energy method will be a game-changer.”
Craig Lowrie Vice President ‑ Health & Safety • Flynn Group


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