Not only make risk assessments – but also communicate these

BowTieXP is ‘in the core’ an expert tool to help you to create risk assessments and to link incidents to the bowties. It takes some knowledge of the bowtie method and use of the software, knowledge of your business and experience in doing risk assessment to create bowtie diagrams. On the other hand, reading a bowtie diagram is very easy.

That is why it is a waste that in many cases the use of bowties stops with making a risk assessement, while the use of bowtie diagrams for communicating risks and creating awareness is very powerful. And it is clear that the real different is made in the operations; do people on the workfloor know and understand what they are doing, and which ‘scenario’ they are working.

Merge of risk assessment and incident analysis

We believe that learning form incidents (especially those who have not caused damage, being 90% of things that go wrong) is crucial for doing a better job in the future. This means that incidents should be analysed in a certain consistent manner and plotted to the risk assessment (what did go wrong and what did we think that could go wrong). CGE offers a number of solutions that makes it very easy to brings these two element together.

Shift from a ‘one-off’ exercise to risk management on a daily basis

Recently BowTieXP or components of BowTieXP, like the Webviewer or the API, have been used more and more in combination with other products from other risk management software vendors and Sharepoint. The combination of BowTieXP (components) and third party software we call ‘applications’; such as Work Bowties, Performance Management, Electronic Safety Case, the Electronic Permit Board or the HAZID Sharepoint site. These are ways of using bowtie day to day operations.

Shift from ‘value protection’ to ‘value creation’

Risk Management used to be part of safety management, now it has become an element of performance management. Where traditionally risk management is used for value protection, it can also be used for value creation. In fact the method is the same, only the approach is different. It is about managing barriers: how to ensure that things go as planned – thus creating value, and preventing thing from going wrong at the same time.