Controls save lives. But what makes a control adequate? Leveraging principles of energy-based safety and human performance, a control is now considered adequate if it: (1) effectively mitigates a high-energy hazard; (2) is installed, verified, and used properly; and (2) is immune to unintentional human error. When these criteria are met, a control is labeled a Direct Control. Although a clear definition now exists, initial site testing revealed that Direct Controls are often infeasible, even in common work scenarios.
This project will explore why Direct Controls are sometimes challenging; how to determine if an alternative work plan is sufficient; and how to continuously monitor the state of high-energy when workers are exposed. In pursuit of a future where all high-energy hazards have Direct Controls, this project will also create a long-term roadmap that includes a technological, engineering, psychological, and managerial solutions.