BowTie Risk Analysis - Why, When, How to use it

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In this episode Ben Gilmartin talks about the BowTie Method of risk analysis: its history, and his experience of using it. He also talks about the work RSSB is doing to broaden understanding of risk by using the method, and to develop BowTie analyses for all the risk areas included in Leading Health and Safety on Britain's Railway.

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Topics in this episode include:
  • Ben introduces himself and how he came to his current work for the railway. [1:35]
  • Ben talks about why and when RSSB started to look at the BowTie Method as a means of risk analysis. [2:34]
  • Ben gives some details of how the BowTie model works, its simplicity and strengths. [4:31]
  • Ben talks about when the BowTie Method is particularly applicable, and when it may not be. [7:18]
  • Ben talks about specific examples of when a BowTie model might be particularly helpful. [8:00]
  • Ben talks about when the BowTie Method is the right method to use. [9:21]
  • Ben talks about those areas of the rail industry where BowTie analysis is already being used. [10:52]
  • Ben describes some of the the areas for which analyses have recently been completed or are in train, and about future plans to create BowTie models for the industry. [11:43]
  • Ben talks about how to choose the right style of BowTie analysis as an appropriate means of risk analysis; whether that be a high-level overview or a detailed quantitative analysis. [12:28]
  • Ben gives a quick overview of who should be involved in the creation of a BowTie Model risk analysis in different situations. [13:15]
  • Close. [14:03]

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