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Incident Investigation, Human Failure & Cause Tree Analysis

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 7*

Price IChemE member £420 + VAT, non-member £504 + VAT

Overview

Live online course – 2 December 2021.

This online course aims to provide delegates with improved process incident investigation skills by focusing on the key aspects of incident investigation: the need to search for systemic failures; how to diagnose and address human failure; collecting evidence (in particular oral evidence) and identifying root causes using the Cause Tree Analysis technique.

The course uses case studies from real incidents to demonstrate the use of the SRK human error taxonomy and the application of Cause Tree Analysis, and includes a workshop in which delegates will work in teams to develop a cause tree from a description of the evidence from an incident.

Teaching will be delivered via one live module (approximately three hours in length), alongside independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issued before the module.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  • understand the multiple purposes of investigations
  • understand the causation 'domino theory' and the need to search for system failures
  • appreciate the different ways humans can fail and how investigations can address these
  • understand how to diagnose human error using the SRK model
  • understand the challenges in collecting evidence and how these can be addressed
  • understand how to apply the Cause Tree (root cause) Analysis technique.

Who will benefit

Managers, supervisors and engineers that have responsibilities for investigating process incidents or who are required to participate in investigations.

Course outline

  • The search for system failures
  • Why humans fail and how we can respond to human failure
  • Case study – human failure diagnosis and response
  • The challenge of evidence collection
  • Cause Tree (root cause) Analysis
  • Workshop – constructing a Cause Tree

Module date and times

Thursday 2 December 2021, 10:00–13:00 GMT.

Not available then? Register your interest in future course dates.

Fees

  • IChemE member: £420 + VAT
  • Non-member: £504 + VAT

Discounts

Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places–10% discount
  • 3 places–15% discount
  • 4 or more places–20% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

Delivery

Modules will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. If you don't already have this installed, you can join as a guest in order to access the training. We'll share information about how to do this after you've registered.

In-company training

This can also be delivered as a virtual in-company course. Contact us for more details.

* CPD hours should be used as an approximate guide and will vary depending on the preferred approach of the delegate and to what extent additional learning is completed.

Contact Phone +44 (0)1788 534496

Contact Email courses@icheme.org

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Nigel Bowker

Trainer

Nigel Bowker

BSc(Eng), ACGI, MBA, C Eng, FIChemE

After graduating from Imperial College in 1976 with a degree in chemical engineering, Nigel worked as a process engineer for two firms of design contractors (Stone and Webster and Davy Powergas) and later worked for Shell Expro.

In 1986, he joined BP where he worked for the next 22 years. His career with BP included exploration and field development, production operations offshore (in Forties) and onshore (in the Forties Pipeline System), internal audit and health, safety and environment. His final role was as HS&E Manager in supply chain management for the North Sea.

After taking early retirement from BP, Nigel set up his own consultancy. He has provided a range of services to clients including process engineering, audit, process safety and occupational safety. He now specializes in chairing HAZIDs and HAZOPs and is an accredited HAZOP chairman with BP.

Nigel is a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and is a former chairman of the IChemE’s Aberdeen Member Group.

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