Hazard Identification Process (HIP)

An energy management and leadership development focus supported by an interactive coaching framework.

Omega’s proprietary Hazard Identification Process (HIP) is effectively unique in three ways.

First, HIP is steered by an Energy Management focus.

Using the Energy Management Leadership Compass and Spider tools, a team’s first priority is to recognize the presence of energy at the work site. From these sources of energy, the team is then able to identify the hazards as they relate to the task at hand and appropriately control them. This information is then systematically conveyed in toolbox talks and JSA forms to ensure safe, predictable and high performance outcomes.

Second, HIP is powered by a Leadership Development emphasis.

Each team member, regardless of position or title, is required to take ownership for creating a work environment energized by positivity. This is achieved by developing attitudes and behaviors that encourage mindfulness, respect, trust, solution finding and collaboration. Team members are taught cutting edge concepts in communication, conflict resolution, learning styles, forward planning and stress management.

Third, both the Energy Management and Leadership Development pillars are supported by an interactive coaching framework.

This replaces the older command and control style in which one expert tells the whole team what to do. Leaders using a coaching framework will employ positive inquiry and active listening skills to draw out untapped potential and hidden knowledge. This approach helps leaders to create to safe, efficient outcomes and high performing teams.

Omega’s Energy Management and Leadership Development coaching optimizes current neuroscience and learning technologies that help rewire brains to lock in new attitudes and behaviors. This creates a culture that encourages people to experience a sense of pride, purpose and enjoyment in their work. In today’s competitive economy, this is the culture that is necessary to thrive. Workers failing to identify or manage hazards effectively are at greatest risk of harming people, the environment, assets, or their reputation. The Hazard Identification Process (HIP) trains workers to identify and manage the energy present on the job and involves a systematic approach, structured coaching, common terminology, and hazard management techniques designed to guide work teams through a high-quality Job Safety Analysis (JSA).

The highest value derived from the Hazard Identification Process is gained when workers, who conduct their own JSA, are supported by Safety Coaches in the use of the Hazard Identification Process. The JSA is typically prepared by work teams at the job site in advance of work commencement and includes determining job steps, hazards, and safety measures to achieve safe work.

Safety Coaches can effectively guide workers, work teams, leaders, and companies in quality analysis. Effective conversations result in job agreement among work team members and greatly influences the actual risk reduction measures taken by the workers when they perform the work. Workers must understand the specific hazards of the job they are about to perform and must agree upon how they will actually perform the work to achieve a safe job outcome.

Effective Job Safety Analysis is accomplished by:

  • Establishing a baseline assessment of JSA quality prior to using the Hazard Identification Process.
  • Implementing the full Hazard Identification Process in a sequential manner.
  • Ensuring leaders understand and practice the Hazard Identification Process daily.
  • Training workers in the Hazard Identification Process.
  • Coaching workers to use the Hazard Identification Process.
  • Periodically assessing the quality of the Job Safety Analysis to help guide continuous improvement.
  • Providing follow-up coaching for Safety Coaches to optimize use of Hazard Improvement Process.

Safety Through Design

A one-and-a half day Workshop for Engineers and Technical Personnel.

The Workshop addresses occupational hazards and risk in design and redesign processes:

  • The Hazard Identification Process and Sources of Energy
  • Design and Redesign Challenges
  • Energy Source Engineering
  • Case Studies and Task Risk Assessments
  • Behavior Profiles
  • 4-Mat System of Learning
  • Effective Questions and Responses

We provide engineering and technical personnel around the world with tools that help reduce workplace risk through application of the principles of the Hazard Identification Process (HIP) and focuses particular attention on how HIP can help minimize hazards and risks during each phase of a project.

Workshop Objectives: 

  • Understand how HIP using Safety Through Design can reduce risk in the workplace
  • Learn how HIP is used by workers on a daily basis to recognize and evaluate hazards and to plan work to achieve safe job outcomes with inherited equipment and facilities
  • Gain insights into each energy category of the HIP Compass and how sources of energy can present risk to people, the environment, assets, and business reputation
  • Learn the HIP Guide Questions for Engineers and Technical personnel and how they are applied to each phase of a project including but not limited to:
    • Initial Design
    • Equipment Specification
    • Installation, Construction, Commissioning
    • Normal Use (operations)
    • Repair, Service, Maintenance, Inspection, Turnaround, and Upgrades
    • Emergency and Urgent Situations
    • Management of Change
    • Decommissioning
  • Explore communication methods to collect important information from project personnel such as construction workers, operators, repair and maintenance workers
  • Practice application of the HIP Guide Questions for Engineers and Technical personnel in table-top prevention through design scenarios
  • Assess the Severity of Consequences

Workshop Outcomes: Participants will have the ability to apply the four major stages of occupational risk management: 

  1. Pre-operational stage: the initial planning, design, specification, prototyping, and construction processes, where the opportunities are greatest and the costs are lowest for hazard and risk avoidance, elimination, reduction or control.
  2. Operational stage: hazards and risks are identified and evaluated and mitigation actions are taken through redesign initiatives or changes in work methods before incidents or exposures occur.
  3. Post incident stage: investigations are made of incidents and exposures to determine the causal factors which will lead to appropriate interventions and acceptable risk levels.
  4. Post operational stage: demolition, decommissioning or reusing/rebuilding operations are undertaken.


The Safety Through Design Workshop is intended primarily for engineers and technical personnel. Engineering candidates include, but are not limited to, engineers involved in system and facility design, equipment specification, facility construction, process safety, and decommissioning.

Technical personnel include health, safety, and environmental professionals, engineers, and technical leads responsible for design considerations for new projects and modifications; equipment procurement specialists; construction supervisors and managers; project managers; and operations and lead craft personnel who are responsible for design, repair and maintenance procedures, operations procedures, and management of change; and control-of-work and safe-system-of-work leads and authorities.

Class size is a maximum of 12 participants to allow for a highly interactive learning experience

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