Energy-Based Safety: 3-Part Series

Discover new tools and concepts using a science-based approach to safety. This series combines the Energy Wheel, Energy Severity and the Safety Classification and Learning modules into a 3-part series on energy-based safety.

Improve Your Hazard Recognition Skills, Assessment of Injury Severity and Injury Classification

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.  

Use the concept of Energy Severity and tools provided to better predict the most likely severity of an injury.

Learn a framework to better define safety injuries and observations.  Utilize this classification to analyze more safety-related information and establish better leading indicators.


This safety education series is like no other. Use research and field-validated tools and concepts to improve your safety program.


Introduction: Energy-Based Safety


  • Energy-Based Safety Introduction FREE PREVIEW

The Energy Wheel and Energy-Based Hazard Recognition


  • Introduction to Energy-Based Hazard Recognition
  • Energy-Based Safety Research FREE PREVIEW
  • Energy Wheel Introduction
  • Strategy to See Hazards
  • Energy Wheel - Gravity, Motion, Mechanical
  • Energy Wheel - Electrical, Pressure, Sound, Radiation, Biological, Chemical, Temperature
  • Results of the Energy Wheel and Best Practices
  • Energy-Based Hazard Recognition and Energy Wheel Conclusion
  • Quiz - Hazard Recognition
  • Resource: Energy Wheel (PDF)

Using Energy to Assess Injury Severity


  • Introduction to Energy Severity
  • Energy Severity Examples
  • Energy Severity Research
  • Tools and Examples - Gravity
  • Tools and Examples - Motion
  • Tools and Examples - Pressure
  • Energy Icons and Conclusion
  • Quiz - Energy Severity
  • Resource: Energy Tools (PDF)
  • Resource: Critical Hazard Icons (PDF)

Safety Learning and Classification


  • Safety Learning and Classification Introduction
  • Safety Classification Examples
  • Safety Classification Process
  • Safety Classification Examples Using the Model
  • Safety Tracking and Learning
  • Quiz - Safety Learning and Classification
  • Resource: SCL Model Flowchart (PDF)
  • Resource: SCL Model Glossary

Conclusion: Energy-Based Safety


  • Energy-Based Safety Conclustion FREE PREVIEW

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

Predict Injury Severity Using Energy Magnitude

Classify Hazards and Incidents to Improve Safety Learning


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, your data trending re-focuses to potential severity, and the frequency of potential serious injuries and fatalities (P-SIF) are 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
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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