Bowtie Barrier-Based Risk Management – DC06

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Modern day thinking on risk management puts heavy emphasis on the use of defences or barriers to prevent losses attributed to organizational disturbances.  Failure of these barriers leads to unwanted incidents.

Barrier management is therefore an important facet of risk management. The Bowtie technique is ideally suited for this purpose, allowing detailed analysis of prevention and mitigation measures – in other words, the barriers – for specific hazards and their ultimate consequences.   Effective barrier management involves linking the barriers on the Bowties to specific elements of the management system such as HSE-critical activities/tasks and their accountabilities/responsibilities, standards, policies and remedial actions to address any shortfalls.

The Bowtie technique uses a visual format, thus facilitating risk communication. It is currently widely used in such diverse sectors as oil and gas, chemical process, power generation, mining, aviation/aerospace, healthcare, manufacturing, IT security, finance and government.

This two-day and 4-hour per day course is aimed at risk management professionals and practitioners. In this Digital Classroom, the delegates will highlighted with the key principles of the Hazards and Effects Management Process (HEMP) and how the Bowtie technique can augment risk management in their organizations, at the same time facilitating effective risk communication.  Participants will be required to undertake a number of worked exercises in order to gain practical experience with the use of Bowties.

Learning Objectives

The course is designed to help participants to:

  • Achieve an understanding of the key principles of HEMP and the Bowtie Methodology;
  • Gain an understanding of the principles that underlays loss causation. Loss prevention and barrier-based risk management;
  • Acquire hands-on experience in building complete Bowtie models and performing Bowtie analysis using the BowTieXP software, and;
  • Achieve a firm grasp of the essential requirements for the effective implementation of barrier management.


  • Interactive Learning
  • Real Case Studies
  • Worked Exercises
  • Q&A Session

Practitioners and specialists in:

  • Management of HSE
  • Process Safety
  • Operations & Maintenance,
  • Engineering Design
  • Projects and Enterprise Risk

Introduction & Overview of the Hazards and Effects Management Process

  • Definition, Rationale and Drivers
  • HEMP – The Principles
  • Risk Management & ALARP
  • HEMP – The Tools & Techniques
  • Hazard Analysis

Principles of Loss Prevention and the Accident Causation Model, Barrier-based Risk Management

  • Loss Prevention & The Swiss Cheese Incident Causation Model
  • Cause & Effect Pathways
  • Tripod Beta and BSCAT
  • Barrier Failure with examples
  • Combined FTA/ETA – the case for Barrier Management
  • History and development of the Bowtie technique
  • Visualizing risk scenarios using the Bowtie technique
  • Risk Communication, Advantages & Limitations of the Bowtie technique
  • Multi-sector Bowtie case files

Interactive Bowtie Workshop – Use of the BowTieXP Software

  • Bowtie nomenclature and definitions:
  • Hazard
  • Top Event
  • Threat
  • Consequence
  • Control Barrier
  • Recovery Preparedness Measure
  • Escalation Factors
  • Escalation Factor Control
  • Mini-exercises on nomenclature and definitions and on creating basic Bowtie models using the BowTieXP software – key functions and features

The Essentials of Barrier Management

  • Linking Barriers to the Management System
  • Activities and Tasks and Assignation of Responsibilities
  • Safety Critical Elements (SCEs) in the Bowtie
  • Independent Barriers
  • Barrier Effectiveness
  • Corrective/Remedial Actions
  • Key Functions and features in the BowTieXP software for incorporating these essential features of barrier management, including generating reports and presentations

Bowtie Analysis and Building Bowtie Models Using the BowTieXP software

  • Syndicate Exercises

Summary & Review

  • Learning points and takeways
Digital Classroom - Zoom PRO 05 May 2020 - 06 May 2020
Member Price MYR990
Non-Member MYR990
Grouping Member Price MYR950
Grouping Non-Member MYR950
Digital Classroom - Zoom PRO 23 Jun 2020 - 24 Jun 2020
Member Price MYR550
Non-Member MYR550
Grouping Member Price MYR495
Grouping Non-Member MYR495