We have created example bowtie diagrams to showcase the visual appeal of this straightforward risk assessment technique used to understand and communicate risk.

Download examples of bowtie diagrams by industry here:

For additional uses of bowtie analysis have a look at Additional uses of Bowtie Diagrams.

These diagrams were created using the bowtie methodology outlined below:

  1. Identify and document the hazard that is to be investigated
  2. Identify the top event i.e. the major accident
  3. Identify the initiating events (i.e the threats)
  4. Identify the consequences if the major accident was to escalate
  5. Identify preventative barriers that are capable of completely stopping the top event or preventing the initiating event
  6. Identify mitigative barriers that prevent or limit the consequences
  7. Identify escalation factors that define how the barriers identified could degrade

Use this bowtie analysis cheat sheet to build your first bowtie diagram to identify and manage the key controls of your operation.

Head to Bowtie Master to start your free bowtie diagram software trial today.


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