3 Tips to Maximize Bowtie Risk Management
ABS Group Safety, Risk and Compliance Services
The Bowtie Method is unsurpassed in providing insights into the barriers used to prevent and mitigate an undesired event, excelling as a tool for communicating a risk picture in an efficient, visual and easy-to-grasp format. However, there are some weaknesses associated with bowties which, if recognized, can be successfully addressed.
To facilitate the most effective use of bowties, we have listed three (3) tips for avoiding some of the more common mistakes when developing them. The goal is to help your facility improve its overall hazard risk management.
1. Integrate bowties with qualitative hazard identification techniques.
The Bowtie Method works best as a complementary tool that takes the output from other qualitative hazard identification techniques, such as HAZID, HAZOP and/or FMEA, and enhances the data by providing a thorough view of the risk picture for each undesired event. The goal is to analyze all of the elements integral to generating a comprehensive risk assessment using systematic risk assessments that provide a clear understanding of hazards.
2. Design simple, easy-to-visualize bowties for complex systems.
Bowties are often used to communicate complex systems or processes with many inputs, outputs, threats
3. Keep information concise and qualitative.
Bowties are best kept qualitative. Although a logical chain of events is visualized in the Bowtie Method, the simplicity of the diagram can suffer if populated with probabilities and frequencies. This quantitative information, however, can still be added, such as in downstream applications.
A Software Solution for Effective Risk Management
ABS Group has accumulated knowledge from over 45 years of safety and risk management around the world. We utilize the best software packages such as Bowtie Master and apply the methodology internally for developing processes for Management of Change procedures, business continuity plans and multiple risk assessments, among others. Our engineers can advise on how to maximize the potential of this methodology and how to tackle its weaknesses.
Learn more about our Bowtie Risk Management software or read a project profile describing how we helped a British multinational automotive and aerospace systems engineering company implement our bowtie software and training solution across its global sites to reduce workplace safety hazards.