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Bowtie diagrams clearly display the links between the potential causes, preventative and mitigative controls and consequences of a major accident.

Most risk assessments present a snapshot of the controls in place for a hazard at a given moment in time. What is often missing is the link between the present-day controls and the systems for ensuring they will continue to be effective in the future. This is where our consultants can help.

Our experienced facilitators, either through workshops and/or development of bowties, can help with the identification of risks and the examination of controls or safeguards, ensuring that the bowtie diagrams are not excessively complex as this reduces the ability to be a visual representation of the risk being studied.

Our consultants have extensive knowledge or making a success of the bowtie approach. They can ensure that the following is achieved:

  • Making the risk(s) understandable - Visually illustrating the hazard, its causes and consequences, and the controls to minimize the risk
  • Encouraging involvement and ownership - Bowtie workshops encourage participation and stimulate communication between key stakeholders
  • Efficiency gains - carrying out a bowtie risk assessment is less labour intensive than many other traditional techniques and reduce the volume of safety analysis - it is true that a picture paints a thousand words; and it provides a 'corporate memory' to avoid reinventing the wheel every few years.
  • Beyond the bowtie – take the bowtie analysis and link it to be integrated with semi-quantitative analysis techniques such as Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA).

The complete bowtie methodology ensures that risk assessments become a cost-effective method of managing HSSE, rather than just a means of satisfying the Regulator. It is readily understood at all levels in an organisation, from senior managers and operations personnel, to Regulators and members of the public.

BowTie Pro consulting
Our bowtie services include:
  • Developing bowties for HSSE or business risks
  • Human Factors Analysis
  • Facilitating bowtie workshops
  • Training in the bowtie method and software tools
  • Layers of protection analysis (LOPA)
  • Identifying safety-critical elements and competency requirements
  • Developing bowtie information for hazard and risk awareness
  • Management control reviews