How do you know what the personal- and process risks are for the tasks that are scheduled?

Combine the bowtie method with Task Risk Assessment (TRA) or Job Safety Assessment (JSA)

The challenge

Knowing what the personal- and process risks are for scheduled tasks

How can you ensure that your workforce understands the risks of scheduled tasks and knows what to do when things go wrong?  It is not always easy for people to understand the risks of their work, and the link with the management system of the operator. A Task Risk Assessment (TRA) or Job Safety Assessment (JSA) is a way to make this clear, but it often misses context and can become a tick-box exercise.

The solution

Visual job safety analysis

Combine the bowtie method with TRA or JSA to visualize and help the operational crew to understand what can happen and what to do when things go wrong. Placing tasks and associated activities in the context of visual major hazard scenarios help them understand what safety- and mission critical barriers are affected while doing the job. It shows the threats, consequences and barriers for the people that are doing the task.

How does it work?

Clear and efficient communication

The bowtie method describes operations for a personal- and process point of view in a visual and comprehensive manner. Everyone understands a bowtie picture. Other advantages are:

  • turn a tick-box exercise into a more insightful graphical analysis
  • make the TRA meaningful again
  • speed up the TRA process by using existing bowtie diagrams as a starting point
  • a graphical diagram is more appealing to use than endless table

Understand the context

By integrating the bowtie approach in the tool box meetings people immediately see what the threats and consequences are for the work that they are doing, and what preventive and corrective control measures they have to prevent an accident or what should be done when something has gone wrong.

Understand if you are ALARP for the job at hand

People see what and who they rely on. This allows them to make sure that this equipment or these responsible people are reliable when called upon.

  • assign responsibilities per barrier
  • streamline the TRA process with a review cycle

Integrated with work procedures and life-saving rules

The barriers and controls in the bowtie approach can be linked easily to working procedures and life-saving rules that are applicable to the work that is carried out.

  • generate PDF checklist for toolbox talks
  • especially suitable for out-of-the-ordinary tasks that require extra attention

The software features making it possible

The features used for this solution:

  • BowTieXP: scoping the right bowties
  • BowTieServer: online accessible work bowties
  • BowTieServer: approval workflow

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