Bowtie methodology is a barrier-based and best practice qualitative risk management tool which allows organizations to meet both regulatory and senior management's expectations regarding the management of their operational risks in an easy-to-understand and accessible manner based on a Bowtie diagram.
By visually depicting the manner in which accident scenarios are controlled through barriers and safeguards (plant, people, processes) the Bowtie diagram and the risk information it contains can be readily understood and accessible by people at all levels of the organization, from senior managers to frontline personnel.
From now on, instead of struggling in wading through hundred of pages of a HAZID/HAZOP study or a Safety Case/Major Hazard Report, frontline personnel, as well as operational and senior management people will have access to a short, clear and visual overview of the major accident events, how they are controlled by existing controls for which they are responsible/accountable, all of which helps people understand the role they play in major accident prevention and rise awareness of the importance of carrying out safety critical tasks right first time.
We offer a high quality 3-day training course in the Bowtie risk management methodology and BowTieXP software. The aim of the training course is to prepare people in a wide range of major hazard industry sectors to understand and conduct quality barrier-based risk management processes using Bowtie. These people include - Corporate Risk Management, HSE Advisors, plant managers and engineering and O&M personnel, as well as other people with responsibilities in risk management.
The Course content is delivered by a Consultant who has extensive experience in both delivering Bowtie Training Courses and implementation of Bowtie risk management methodology and software as part of the management system and preparation of Safety Cases/Major Hazard Reports.
The Course contains both theoretical and practical sessions and will cover the following aspects:
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We analyse and manage human errors by using Human Error Layered Bowties (as recommended by both CCPS and CIEHF) with Bowties at lower levels being developed to give progressively more detailed attention to how human error can defeat barriers, and the safeguards that need to be put in place to mitigate against it.
With the help of our experienced Human Factors Expert we carry out the following activities by involving knowledgeable/responsible from the Client:
1. Prepare Human Error Level 1 draft Bowtie based on:
2. Review Human Error Level 1 Bowtie with responsible/knowledgeable O&M and supervisory personnel to confirm and agree on PIFs of major significance and existing/additional safeguards to reduce risk to ALARP.
3. Prepare Human Error Level 2 draft Bowtie based on:
4. Review Human Error Level 2 Bowtie with responsible/knowledgeable O&M and supervisory personnel to confirm and agree on existing/additional controls.
5. Provide a list of improvement actions for the management of human errors and Organizations' safety culture to reduce risk to ALARP levels.
Organizations conducting operations and activities in major hazard industry sectors, such as, Oil and Gas exploration and production, Oil Refineries, Nuclear Power Plants, Aviation, Railways, Chemical and Petrochemical, Mining, Finance and Banking, Medical and Pharmaceutical, Medical Services, IT and the like, are expected to manage their operational risks in a manner that ensures a high level of protection to human life, environment, assets and company reputation against the occurrence of major (catastrophic) events.
When a Company decides to go ahead with Bowties, whether as part of the major hazard risk assessment, implementation of Bowtie into Operational/Asset safety management systems or preparation of Safety Cases/Major Hazard Reports we carry out a Bowtie building and implementation process by facilitating highly interactive Bowtie workshops with the active involvement and participation of the 'knowledgeable' people in the organization as well as other SMEs, for each of the identified Major Accident Hazards (MAHs) and Major Environmental Incidents (MEIs).
As part of the Bowtie building and implementation process we carry out with the Client's personnel some or all of the following activities:
If requested, we also help Clients to:
Safety Cases/Reports are often produced to ensure regulatory and obtain regulatory approvals. But it is important that the final product - the documented Safety Case/Major Hazard Report are not seen as the final goal. The process of producing the safety case/report is as important as the final product as it must represent a true aid to thinking - "a meaningful exercise reflecting the experience, knowledge and opinions of the frontline, rather than a mere paper based exercise to collect evidence that the system or product is safe.
The Bowtie methodology has proved to be an effective tool for supporting the production of fit-for-purpose Safety Cases/Major Hazard Reports which are easily accessible, understood and used by key end users by:
By closing the gap between risk analysis and Company's management system the Bowtie methodology not only provides assurance that hazards are effectively controlled but it also ensures that the management system is adequately support the ongoing integrity and effectiveness of those hardware barriers commonly known as "Safety Critical Elements (SCEs)". In other words, it provides assurance that they will be in place and continue to be 100% effective at all times.
Thus. the Bowtie diagrams with reports of supporting critical activities and SCE equipment can act as checklists to verify that the hazards continue to be controlled as intended.
Human error has long been identified as a contributing factor to incident causation. The new so called "soft safety era" puts more emphasis on human and organizational factors (HOFs), recognizing that human errors contribute to the almost 80% of accident occurrences, being the organizational and behavioral problems the 70% out of that contribution.
This reality means moving onto a more comprehensive and deeper consideration of human, organizational and behavioral factors in current analytical tools for major accident prevention, such as Bowtie.