Bowtie Analysis and Barrier-based Risk Management

Location Online, 09:00–12:00 AWST/MYT

Date 13th August 2024

Duration 2 days

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 14

Price IChemE member AU$2,280 + GST / Non-member AU$2,735 + VAT

Online | Face-to-face | In-company


This course will develop your understanding of the bowtie risk assessment methodology and how to conduct a bowtie analysis effectively in process safety management and environmental or asset integrity scenarios. It will demonstrate how the bowtie methodology provides the right level of detail to facilitate understanding and risk-based decision making, without oversimplifying a process.

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. There will be practical exercises where you can develop your own basic bowtie in collaboration with others.

You will also explore primary and secondary uses of bowties; the potential benefits of adding metadata to bowties; the significance of barrier management; the relationship with operations and maintenance activities; the role that barrier failure has played in familiar incidents; and human and organisational factors in bowties. 

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

There will be an assessment at the end of the course. Following successful completion, you will receive your certificate of attendance (see below).

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 the bowtie methodology including the process for developing bowties in a sequential, logical order
  • how to facilitate and plan bowtie workshops
  • the interdependencies of bowtie analysis with other barrier-based risk management techniques.

Who will benefit

  • Anyone with a basic knowledge of the bowtie methodology wanting to learn how to apply it effectively
  • Management, engineering and operations/maintenance personnel with responsibility for managing hazards and implementing/sustaining risk control measures

What delegates say

"The pre-work was an excellent idea. It made live sessions much easier to understand. The examples used during the session were relevant to our operations in my work place."

P Mvundla, Bidvest Tank Terminals, South Africa

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

Upcoming courses


Online courses consist of two live and interactive modules with the trainer. There will also be some work to complete independently before the course and between the live sessions. More details will be provided after you have registered.

From 13 August 2024

  • Module 1 – 13 August 2024, 09:00–12:00 AWST/MYT / 11:00–14:00 AEST / 13:00–16:00 NZST
  • Module 2 – 16 August 2024, 09:00–12:00 AWST/MYT / 11:00–14:00 AEST / 13:00–16:00 NZST

From 22 October 2024

  • Module 1 – 22 October 2024, 14:00–17:00 BST
  • Module 2 – 24 October 2024, 14:00–17:00 BST

Live sessions are delivered via Microsoft Teams. If you don't already have this installed, you can join as a guest in order to access the training.


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  • IChemE member – £800 + VAT / AU$2,280 + GST
  • Non-member – £1,000 + VAT / AU$2,735 + GST

How to register

Select your preferred course from the list of upcoming start dates and go to the 'Book course' button at the bottom of the page.

More than one person to train?

Multi-place discounts

Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place. Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

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

In-company training

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. This could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements. Request a quotation.

Attendance certificate and CPD hours

An e-certificate will be issued at the end of the course to confirm attendance and CPD hours logged. Please note that you must attend the whole course to receive the certificate. 

In the case of online courses, 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

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Garry Law


Garry Law

Technical Safety Consultants

Garry has over 20 years’ experience in process plant operations, project design, process safety, functional safety, major hazard safety assessments/safety case development, risk assessment and fire/loss prevention engineering. This includes working for local and international operators, engineering design and consultancy companies.

Garry is now an independent consultant based in Australia and proud to support IChemE in their process safety activities such as training, webinars, guidance development and Chartered membership activities. He is a Fellow of IChemE, Professional Process Safety Engineer and a TÜV certified Functional Safety Engineer.

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