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Bowties: A Vision not just a View

May 5, 2017

If you're attending Hazards27, you perhaps won't be surprised to see/hear the term "barrier" becoming more prevalent than in previous years. Over time, these have been called safeguards, controls or protection measures - regardless of their name, they are an integral part of achieving and sustaining safe, sound, secure & successful operations.

You'll also see bowties mentioned more frequently, particularly as part of the Risk Visualisation session presentations and the forthcoming CCPS/EI bowties book aims to "review the foundation of the method, provide instructions on how to draw the bow tie correctly and how to avoid common errors" - you could say it endeavours to capture and communicate good practice.

There is however much more to these humble diagrams than just hazard Visibility (compliance "eye-candy") as, when properly engineered & exploited, they provide retrospective, active and prospective Vision to...

KNOW, SHOW & GROW the Effectiveness of your Asset Integrity & Risk Management Strategy


Hazards27 starts with workshop on "The Future of Process Safety" and I believe this includes a recognition that it is not just those who Engineer but those who Engage that will shape its future. In the age of "big Data", Information is not enough and it is Knowledge & Wisdom that ultimately will provide the most robust basis for an absence from harm.

If you'd like to know more about bowties and barrier based risk management, particularly if you're attending the "The Future of Process Safety" workshop and are pumped up or inspired by what you hear and want to apply it, there is a workshop (arguably bowtie Best Practice) running in parallel & throughout the day (10th May), where practical applications are discussed and new ideas developed

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