In Q1 of 2018, CCPS and Energy Institute will publish their ‘Guidelines for Barrier Risk Management’ concept book. On October 11th, this book was presented at an introduction event in London where Energy Institute and co-authors (DNV GL and CGE Risk Management Solutions) presented what these guidelines will be and how they can be applied.

Uncovering the guidelines for process safety

The concept book on guidelines for barrier risk management includes guidelines for using the bowtie method. According to the authors, these guidelines are not rigid but lay down the foundations of the bowtie concept and how to use it in process safety. The book includes concepts on implementing ‘Human Factors’ on bowtie diagrams.

Energy Institute & CCPS bowtie diagram template

At this event, CGE Risk Management (developer of the BowTieXP software and co-author of the book) presented a bowtie template that is based on the guidelines in this book. This template implements the Energy Institute CCPS concept book’s bowtie language and allows BowTieXP users to use the EI-CCPS model.

Once the book has been published we will organize a webinar on how to bring the guidelines into practice. Once the webinar took place, participants can request a bowtie template of the CCPS/EI guidelines.

Initial responses to the new concept

The introduction of this book lead to a lot of questions and discussions and was overall well received by the audience at this event and those who attended online. Feedback was positive to allow oil & gas and petrochemical industries focusing on process safety to build consistent bowties across the industries.

Learn more about the guidelines

Are you curious to learn more about what was being discussed at this event? Send an email to to receive presentations or attend one of the future events in Houston (USA) or Leidschendam (NL) to learn what these guidelines for barrier management include and how they can be applied.