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Cultural Cause Analysis™


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Learn this next generation root cause analysis (RCA) method and tool to reactively assess and understand cultural issues that led to a major accident or series of incidents. Corrective actions addressing these cultural issues, if effective, are valuable because they positively impact seemingly unrelated areas of performance, including safety, quality and reliability.

The Cultural Cause Analysis™ (CCA) approach was developed by the same authors of Root Cause Analysis: A Guide to Efficient and Effective Incident Investigations and the authors of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) book, Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety, which is recognized globally by high-hazard industries as the benchmark for process safety management (PSM) practices.

CCA is an extension of RCA and this course is designed for individuals that have formal RCA training and/or are knowledgeable with the fundamentals of RCA. The Cultural Cause Analysis™ method deepens your ability to assess the underlying behaviors, actions and cultural issues that allowed management system weaknesses (root causes) to exist and led to equipment or human performance gaps that caused an incident(s).

Combine with Root Cause Analysis CCA for Executives (Virtual)


Who Should Attend this course?
  • Anyone who needs to build on their incident investigation and root cause analysis skills

  • Anyone searching to better identify underlying behaviors, actions, and cultural issues driving performance issues

  • Anyone who seeks to influence culture to drive enhanced performance

what Will I Learn in This Course?
  • Learn how to investigate cultural drivers of serious and complex incidents

  • Learn how to identify cultural causes       

  • Learn the importance of culture data trending

  • Learn to balance the return-on-investment for what type of causal analysis and when

  • Learn the 12 Essential Features of Culture

  • Learn how Big Data supports a better culture

  • Come away from the course with your course notebook, access to ABS Group's extensive online resources, a Root Cause Map™ and a Cultural Cause Map™ for your company to use.

  • 1.2 CEUs, 1.2 COCs, 2.0 CMs, ABIH approval #10-216
DURATION: 2 days

Dates & Locations

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Day 1

  • Opening
    • Ice Breaker
    • DISCUSSION: Goals & Outcomes
  • Understand: The return-on-investment for what type of causal analysis and when
    • Overview of typical response to accidents or reoccurring incidents (SOURCE™ Methodology)
    • Review of applicable regulations
    • WORKSHOP – When to Investigate the Incident, Analyze Root Causes, and Analyze Cultural Causes
    • Industry Benchmarks – Organizational Culture
    • DISCUSSION: Influencing change
  • Understand: Applying causal analysis systematically
    • POLL the Audience (anonymous) – Causal Analysis
    • Review of types of causal analysis methods & tools, including the Root Cause Analysis Map™
    • WORKSHOP – Applying causal analysis (RCA, and CCA) systematically

Day 2

  • Understand: The 12 Essential Features of Culture
    • The Essential Features of a strong safety, quality, reliable culture
    • POLL the Audience (anonymous) – Culture
    • Layers of culture influence
    • Trending of cultural issues, Cultural Cause Analysis Map™
    • WORKSHOP – Analyze the cultural causes
  • Understand: How Big Data supports better culture
    • Data & the age of cultural influence
    • DISCUSSION – Data & Culture


Steve Arendt - Vice President, Oil, Gas and Chemical for ABS Group

Jim Rooney - Director, Training Services - Safety, Risk & Compliance

Rick Curtis - Senior Risk Engineer

Julie Ott - General Manager, ABS Group

Lee Vanden Heuvel - Manager of Incident Investigation/Root Cause Analysis Services and Senior Risk/Reliability Engineer, ABS Group

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