Bowtie Risk Management

Bowtie Risk Management training introduces BowTie methodology (one of many barrier risk models) and examines the various analysis components. A 'BowTie' is a diagram that visualizes the risk you are dealing with in just one, easy to understand the picture. The diagram is shaped like a bow-tie, creating a clear differentiation between proactive and reactive risk management. The power of the diagram is that it gives you an overview of multiple plausible scenarios, in a single picture.

In short, it provides a simple, visual explanation of a risk that would be much more difficult to explain otherwise. BowTie analysis is an increasingly popular approach to help managing risk. The training provides critical review of the method’s benefits, limitations and practical uses, with hands-on practice at applying the technique.

History of BowTie
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It is said that the first ‘real’ Bowtie diagrams appeared in the (Imperial Chemistry Industry) course notes of a lecture on HAZAN (Hazard Analysis) given at The University of Queensland, Australia (in 1979), but how and when the method found its exact origin is not completely clear.


The catastrophic incident on the Piper Alpha platform in 1988 awoke the oil & gas industry. After the report of Lord Cullen, who concluded that there was far too little understanding of Hazards and their accompanying risks that are part of operations, the urge rose to gain more insight in the causality of seemingly independent events and conditions and to develop a systematic/systemic way of assuring control over these Hazards.


In the early nineties the Royal Dutch / Shell Group adopted the Bowtie method as company standard for analysing and managing risks. Shell facilitated extensive research in the application of the Bowtie method and developed a strict rule set for the definition of all parts, based on their ideas of best practice. The primary motivation of Shell was the necessity of assurance that appropriate risk controls are consistently in place throughout all worldwide operations.


Following Shell, the Bowtie method rapidly gained support throughout the industry, as Bowtie diagrams appeared to be a suitable visual tool to keep overview of risk management practices, rather than replacing any of the commonly used systems.In the last decade the Bowtie method also spread outside of the oil & gas industry to include aviation, mining, maritime, chemical and health care to name a few.


Source : The History of BowTie

BowTie Risk Management training participants will be able :

  1. To prepare HSE and Risk professionals to undertake qualitative risk assessment using Bowtie methodology.
  2. To understand the principle of risk assessment and how accident can be prevented.
  3. To understand the essential elements involved in an accident.
  4. To understand the principle of barrier based risk assessment.
  5. To be able to carry out an effective risk assessment brainstorming session.
  6. To serve as a continuous education for competent person (SHO).

Topics that will be discussed during the course are :

  • Barrier Based Risk Management
  • Control Theory in Risk Management
  • Steps in BowTie methodology
  • Usage of BowTieXP Software (free trial version)

This course is suitable for safety practitioners such as :

  • Safety and Health Officers
  • Safety / Production Managers
  • Safety and Health Committee
  • Security Officers
  • Supervisors
  • Technicians
  • Safety Trainers


  • 2-days training from 9.00am to 5.00pm

CEP Points

  • 10 CEP Points

CCD Points

  • N/A

HRDF Claimable

  • Yes