Introduction to Bowtie Analysis
An 8-Hour Virtual Training Course

Many EHS professionals struggle with managing workplace risks, whether it is accurately assessing them, controlling them, or getting the entire workplace involved in the process. In this 8-hour training course, split into two afternoon sessions, you will learn how bowtie analysis can help you quickly understand:

  • the linkages between threats and outcomes.
  • what controls you have in place.
  • how those controls act to reduce risk, and why they are only as effective as the person/process verifying them.
  • how bowties can be used to represent an incident pathway and to assess the risk of undesirable outcomes.
  • how bowties can engage your workforce in best risk management practices.

Bowties are representations of causal pathways that relate causes to top events and outcomes. They are frequently used to communicate and assess risk scenarios. This online training course is ideal for operations, maintenance, engineering, EHS leadership and support teams, and management staff.

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Eight hours of instruction in two 4-hour sessions:

Wednesday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern &
Thursday, November 18, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern

Attendees will use the VelocityEHS Risk Management software to get hands-on practice creating bowtie analyses.

Earn CEUs! – This webinar meets the criteria for continuing education units (CEUs) through several associations. A certificate of completion is available upon request after your full attendance of this course.

Course tuition: $500 U.S.D.

Course requirements: A computer with sound and speakers, internet connection, and the ability to log in to virtual event programs. Attendees will be given temporary access to our cloud-based tools and pre-course instruction on accessing the software.

Cancellation policy:
If you must cancel your registration, please contact us with a written notice at least five business days prior to the course for a full refund. For a group of three or more, written cancellations must be submitted at least 15 business days prior to the start of the event for a full refund. If cancelling in less than 15 business days prior to the event, a refund less 25% will be reimbursed; a refund less 50% will be reimbursed for a group of five or more. Substitutions may be arranged at any time.
Day 1
  • Introduction to Risk – risk perception, consequences, and likelihood of events.
  • Bowtie types – an overview of the different types of bowties and how they are aligned with different risk management goals.
  • Bowtie techniques – how to construct an effective bowtie using the threats, controls, top events, escalation factors and outcomes.
  • Bowtie development in software – use VelocityEHS Risk Management solution to build bowties
  • Bowtie scenario development – how to formulate a scenario suitable for bowtie development
Day 2
  • Threats and control types – a more detailed look into threats and controls and what constitutes a strong or weak control.
  • Control effectiveness and Risk Mathematics – how does the effectiveness of a control impact on the assessed risk
  • Main workshop facilitated by trainer – this is a multi-stage workshop where trainees will build a bowtie for a given situation and then refine it to enable an effective risk assessment.
  • Use of bowties in safety management of a facility – how to use the bowtie in identifying critical controls and safety management elements that require verification and management.
Sunny Pillay
Senior Consultant at Safety Solutions

Sunny has over 15 years of global experience in design and manufacturing across the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, and Refining sectors. He is competent in small to large Project Design & Commissioning, Process Safety, Process Hazard Reviews, Safety Case, Audits & Verification, Major Hazard Facility Safety Assessment and Safety Management Systems. He is an associate member of ICHEME.

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Dana Garber
Senior Solutions Strategist, VelocityEHS

Dana brings extensive knowledge of risk management, particularly in petrochemical hazards, to the VelocityEHS product team. Prior to his current role, he spent 10 years as a technical safety and risk consultant in the Oil & Gas industry, both on and offshore. His expertise includes hazard identification, safety management systems, HAZOP studies, risk assessments, permitting processes, and facility siting.