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Next Generation Risk Management Tool by ABS Group Addresses Cultural Factors to Improve Safety, Reliability and Quality Performance

April 2, 2019

Groundbreaking Cultural Cause Analysis™ addresses underlying issues to achieve more sustainable 'drive to zero' process safety and HSE performance.

(Houston) – ABS Group, a leading provider of data-driven solutions that help clients improve the safety, performance and reliability of critical assets, today introduced a groundbreaking analysis methodology at the 2019 Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS). Cultural Cause Analysis™ (CCA) is a next-generation root cause analysis (RCA) methodology and risk management tool which maps process safety incidents in order to mitigate cultural hazards. 

ABS Group developed the CCA methodology over 10 years evaluating data insights that identify the leading cultural factors that have contributed to major incidents and benchmarking the approach to over a dozen culture assessment models. This new approach leverages 45 years of incident investigation/root cause analysis and process safety management (PSM) expertise and builds on our company's reputation as a leader in Process Safety and Risk Management.

"Organizations struggle to achieve 'drive to zero' safety objectives," says Ryan Moody, ABS Group President and CEO. "Our safety and risk experts have spent over a decade researching data-driven ways to close this gap recognizing that RCA alone is not enough. We must also adapt our work processes to address the cultural factors that can negatively affect organizational performance."

As an advanced risk management tool, CCA will allow organizations to create lasting changes that promote sustainable, outstanding performance in safety leadership.

"CCA is an important breakthrough," says Steve Arendt, ABS Group Vice President of Oil, Gas and Chemical Services and the 2019 recipient of the Norton H. Walton/Russell L. Miller Award in Safety/Loss Prevention presented by American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). "This method can be used as part of a proactive culture evaluation or following a process safety event to understand the culture disease pathology that may be affecting a company and how best to return to good process safety health."

To learn more about CCA, visit ABS Group at booth 313 at the 2019 AIChE GCPS event taking place this week, March 31-April 4, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans. 

Additional Resources

Read an Executive Perspective summary of Cultural Cause Analysis.

Register for our Cultural Cause Analysis™ webinar in the ABS Group Knowledge Center. 

Register for our Process Safety Training Courses.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group) and its operating subsidiaries provide risk management solutions and certification services worldwide that help clients address the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1200 professionals across the globe, serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government, power and energy and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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