Bowtie Analysis and Barrier-Based Risk Management

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 14


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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 new 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.

It also 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.

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

You will also be able to participate in practical exercises where you can develop your own basic bowtie in collaboration with others.

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

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will understand: 

  • 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’ interdependencies 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


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places — 5% discount
  • 3 places — 10% discount
  • 4 or more places — 15% discount.

In-company training

This course is also available as an in-company course (face-to-face or online) where content can be customised to meet your organisation's specific needs and delivered on a date/location that suits your requirements. Contact us for more information.

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