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Bow tie and barrier/control management course (1.5/2 days)

The aim of this course is to provide an awareness of the bow tie tool including rules for drawing effective, good quality bow ties and to provide practitioner training for those who will be using and applying the tool as part of the risk and barrier/controls management in their organization.

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Training Information

Bow tie and barrier/control management course (1.5/2 days)

Date
Duration
Location
Cost
Trainers
Date
On request
Duration
1.5/2 days
Location
UK
Cost

£700 + VAT per attendee for an open course

£5,500 + VAT for up to 12 attendees with one lecturer 

£9,500 + VAT for up to 24 attendees with two lecturers 

Trainers

Mark Boult

Tony Potts

Ed Smith

Bow ties are an excellent risk management tool which provide a pictorial representation of how the risk of events and uncertainties in operations and business activities are managed. They tell the story from potential causes/threats which lead to the event/uncertainty through to the potential consequences which could result, along with the barrier/controls you have in place to prevent or mitigate the event/uncertainty and its consequences. 

Bow ties allow barriers/controls to be clearly defined and, hence forms the basis for their management. They also allow the effectiveness, condition and criticality (plus other information) to be presented as part of the story they tell. In this way how well the risk from an event/uncertainty is being managed can be presented and decisions taken. 

As part of your risk management, it is important that bow ties are drawn well so that they enable effective barrier/control management. The aim of this course is to provide an awareness of the bow tie tool including rules for drawing effective, good quality bow ties (first half day) and to provide practitioner training for those who will be using and applying the tool as part of the risk and barrier/controls management in their organization. This includes the thinking in the CCPS/Energy Institute book “Bow ties in Risk Management, a concept book for process safety”.

Course description

The bow tie and barrier/control management course gives an overview and basic knowledge of bow ties including the key rules to follow to draw effective, good quality diagrams. This is followed by practitioner training going into barrier/control elements (what constitutes a barrier/control), how barrier/control effectiveness and condition can be assessed, how organizations are using bow ties as part of effective risk management and how to review and assess bow ties to assure their quality. It presents and openly discusses the theory and logic for creating quality bow ties and includes practical exercise so attendees can gain experience using the tool.  

The standard course is one and a half days in duration. The first half day can be treated as awareness training. The subsequent modules are practitioner training.

The course can be tailor-made in terms of duration, level of detail, industry-specific examples and workshop exercises according to your organization’s requirements. The course does not use any software, however, if desired the course can be extended (typically by half a day) to include training using the DNV GL Synergi Barrier Management module and/or the CGE BowTieXP software. It is suggested that this is done as an add-on module(s) where the attendees use the software and continue to apply their learning from the earlier training.

Learning objectives

The objectives of this course are to offer course participants the following:
  • A basic understanding of bow ties theory and principles (including quality rules)
  • How to build up the information on barriers/controls in a bow tie to enable good barrier/control management
  • How to present information on barrier control effectiveness/condition/criticality to enable decision
  • Practical exercises to:
  1. Draw bow ties
  2. Build up details of what constitutes barriers/controls, including defining equipment and human actions, assigning responsibilities, categorizing the barriers/controls, noting barrier/control improvement and assurance actions, and more
  3. Include details on how barrier/control effectiveness can be affected and managed
  4. Present the effectiveness, condition and criticality of  barriers/controls on the bow tie
  5. Use bow ties in different operational situations to support good risk management (barrier/control management) and decision making.

The application of bow tie and barrier/control management software tools can be added to the training. For example, it can be combined with Synergi Life training for this software’s barrier management module. DNV GL also provides bow tie and barrier/control management advisory services. Please contact us for tailor-made training and advisory support for your organization.  

Target audience

Risk managers, risk coordinators, process safety managers and practitioners, HSE engineers/advisors, safety leaders, line managers, and others involved in the management of risk and barriers/controls.