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The bowtie methodology is designed to provide the right level of detail to facilitate understanding and risk-based decision making, without oversimplifying a process.

This online course will help you better understand the methodology and how to conduct a bowtie analysis effectively in the management of process safety and environmental and asset integrity scenarios.

The course covers when and why you should use the technique, as well as its strengths and limitations. You will also explore other barrier-based risk management approaches and similarities with HAZOP/PHA studies.

The course covers primary and second uses of bowties, the potential benefits of adding metadata to bowties, the significance of barrier management and the relationship with operations and maintenance activities and the role that barrier failure has played in familiar incidents.

It will also help you to develop an understanding of human and organisational factors in bowties.

Attendees will also be able to participate in practical online exercises where you can develop your own basic bowtie.

The course aligns with current industry guidance. It is platform neutral and does not favour any specific software.

Teaching will be delivered via two live modules (approx. 2-3 hours in length each), alongside independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issued before/between modules.

An e-certificate will be issued at the end of the course to confirm attendance and CPD hours logged.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will understand how to:

  • when and why to use bowtie analysis
  • individual bowtie components and how they are assembled to illustrate a scenario
  • how to apply bowtie methodology including the process for developing bowties in a sequential, logical order
  • how to facilitate and plan bowtie workshops
  • bowtie analysis’ inter-dependencies with other barrier-based risk management techniques.

Who will benefit

Anyone with a basic knowledge of the bowtie methodology but is seeking to become more expert in its application. The course would particularly benefit management, engineering and operations/maintenance personnel with responsibility for managing hazards and implementing/sustaining risk control measures.

Course outline

  • Bowtie concepts and risk management
  • The bowtie model
  • Bowtie development and workshops
  • Use of bowties
  • Barrier management
  • Human and organisational factors in bowties
  • Advanced bowties

Module dates and times

Module 1: Monday 7 December, 10:00–13:00 GMT.

Module 2: Thursday 11 December, 10:00–13:00 GMT.

There will be independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issued before/between modules. Not available then? Register your interest in future course dates.

More information and registration

For more information about this training and to register, please visit the website.