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Benefits of Using Safety Barrier Models in Incident Investigations

May 20, 2020 | Starts at 10:00 am BST

Benefits of Using Safety Barrier Models in Incident Investigations

Safety barrier models are an excellent tool for communicating the management of complex risks to all levels of an organization and stakeholders. If used correctly, this powerful attribute can also be a valuable tool for incident investigations to identify causal factors.

This webinar goes through the key rules for producing a suitable barrier model for an incident, and how to then use it to identify causal factors. We will also briefly discuss how the method can complement the ABS Group SOURCE™ methodology for Root Cause Analysis (RCA).

What We Cover

  • Following a subsequent RCA, how barrier models can be used to summarize potentially complex findings
  • We will highlight the multi-causal nature of incidents and how to use barrier models to deliver lessons learned

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Dr. Brad Eccles, Director of Operations

Dr Brad Eccles has worked for ABS Group for over 20 years in the assessment and management of low probability / high consequence events across several industries, including oil and gas, chemical, renewable energy, nuclear and insurance. A common thread throughout his career has been the use of barrier models in risk management communication. Brad currently manages ABS Group's process safety services in Europe.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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