Training – Human Factors

HF 9 – Human Factor in Barrier Management Level 1 (Awareness)

Course Overview

Having multiple layers-of-defenses or barriers, to protect against major risk is among the most fundamental ideas in risk management. The concept applies to every aspect of business that carries significant risk, affecting EHS, business performance and/or reputation.

The term “Barrier Management” refers to the process of assuring that the barriers, expected to protect against major losses, are actually established and effective. In recent years, the technique of Bowtie Analysis has become popular as a simple and convenient means of identifying barriers, understanding how they can fail, and what needs to be done to assure they are in place and reliable. Bowtie Analysis is used in the chemical industry, O&G exploration and production, air traffic, nuclear power and even healthcare. It can be applied to enterprise risk and operational risk.

Barriers frequently rely on people, either to perform some function (detect, decide or act), or to inspect, maintain or perform tests to ensure barrier systems are in place and functional. Errors in decision making, risk assessment or operating, inspecting, maintaining or testing automated systems can all cause barriers to fail.

This training reviews the role of people in barrier management systems. It explores the expectations and intentions organizations often hold about how the performance of people will ensure barrier performance. It demonstrates best-practice in assuring HF in Barrier Management systems.

Who Should Attend

Operations, Maintenance and Technical Managers, Risk Managers, HSE and Process Safety Managers and Specialists.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the role of human performance in Barrier Management systems;
  • Understand the nature of Barriers – what is and what is not a Barrier;
  • Awareness of ownership and responsibilities for barrier performance.


12 to 24


Face-to-face, classroom based with group exercises




1 Day