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COVID-19: The shift from ‘out of control’ crisis management to ‘in control’ risk management.

Looking back on the past few months, we have been forced to travel a strange journey together across the planet. Dealing with the almost fraternizing issue of an active pandemic outbreak really was something new to deal with. The first few weeks started as surrealistic, driving an almost apocalyptic silence and distancing throughout the streets. As the weeks passed, more leniency re-occurred in daily life. Right now we are at the point of trying to resume ‘normal’ business and operations again. Relevance of bowtie model in current times Since the [...]

June 23rd, 2020|Blog|

A Mining Guest Blog Series by Jim Joy – Part 12: Linking the Critical Control performance requirements to the design of the verification process

Welcome to the 12th article in the series, intended to generate discussion amongst H&S risk professionals and managers about improvements to the site Operational Risk Management (ORM) thinking and methods, specifically related to control-based risk management and Critical Control Management (CCM). The content of this article has been developed in conjunction with another retired risk management professional, Andrew Morrell. Andrew and I had several discussions before the last article was published, helping to demonstrate the importance of linking the Critical Control (CC) verification process with performance requirements. This is especially [...]

June 8th, 2020|Blog|

How a bowtie framework addresses a critical Issue in Canada’s forested landscapes

As it turns out, the potential use of bowtie frameworks can extend far beyond their usual application to industrial hazards. Those who manage land and water resources encounter ecological risks every day. When these risks from diverse human and natural causes start to pile up and interact (something ecologists call ‘Cumulative Effects’), action is needed. Bowtie frameworks can portray the qualitative dimensions of these interactions to ecosystem managers and stakeholders alike, and support decision-making by quantifying the risks. Bowties have been used to illustrate risks in oceans and lakes, and [...]

May 14th, 2020|Blog|

The approach behind the tool – CGE risk-based auditing

In this blog we will discuss the concept of risk-based auditing: the approach behind our AuditXP tool. According to ISO 19011, an audit is a “systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining objective evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria are fulfilled”. It divides audit into three types: internal audit, external provider audit and certification and/or accreditation audit. Internal audits aim to check, review, and improve internal (QHSE) management systems, while external audits aim to assess legal, regulatory, or certificate compliance. Therefore, the [...]

May 4th, 2020|Blog|

Global/Local: How a new software feature enhances barrier management

In our version 10 bowtie software, we release a new feature which is called global/local. The concept for the global/local feature entails that it is now technically possible for an organization with multiple sites to create a ‘parent’ or ‘corporate’ bowtie and have (slight) differences on local ‘children’ derived from that global bowtie. This new feature enhances organizations to establish a more centralized risk management approach. In this blog, some of its implications shall be discussed. The concept in short As organizations grow and mature, both within the use of [...]

April 14th, 2020|Software functionality blog|

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