People with different positions need different risk information. Senior Management shouldn’t be bothered looking at nitty gritty details, while on the other hand, these are the details that operational personnel actually needs to be able to execute their job. This is one of the challenges that will be resolved by BowtieServer: making the same risk data useful for different type of users.

Barrier Management

For many years already the ‘BowTie’ method has been acknowledged as the only method that provides real insight into risks. Risks that can affect performance and assets as a whole. Risk Management is a way to assess risks and act on these assessments on a day-to-day basis to get better insight, provide assurance, avoid incidents, improve efficiency and deliver better quality. Central in this approach are ‘barriers’. Barriers can be seen as critical controls to make sure that processes go as intended, or as a safeguard to mitigate consequences and regain control if a process is compromised.

This approach is commonly referred to as ‘Barrier Management’. Nowadays this approach is not only applicable for subject matter experts, but also for operations, frontline people and everyone who is responsible and accountable for the operations from a management perspective. Understanding what critical barriers are, and what the status is of these barriers, is the only way to make informed decisions. Decisions if it is safe to operate, decisions what needs to be done to improve the management system, decisions how to conduct daily tasks and decisions to work more effectively in the SJA/tool box meetings.

 

Integrate Barrier Management with Compliance

Barrier Managements also allows for reducing instructions, guidelines, and procedures (controlling documents), providing the workforce with only those procedures and work instructions that matter for working in a safe and efficient manner. It enables you to utilize incident analysis to improve normal operations, conduct smarter audits and inspections, and to integrate compliance (a.o. safety cases) with ‘real’ operations.