CHAS members who attended the San Diego national meeting last spring may remember that the Division hosted an afternoon interactive workshop exploring how the Bowtie methodology could be applied to laboratory safety questions. I'm happy to report that the organizers of this symposium have collaborated on a follow up article for the Division's journal entitled "Using bowtie methodology to support laboratory hazard identification, risk management, and incident analysis"
It's co-written by Mary Beth Mulcahy, Chris Boylan, Samuella Sigmann and me and is available at
The abstract is:
Hazard prevention and control systems for specific laboratory processes must be readily shared between lab workers, their colleagues, and lab supervisors. In order for these control systems to be effective in a transferable and sustainable way, effective risk management communication tools must be present. These tools need to be adaptable and sustainable as research processes change in response to evolving scientific needs in discovery based laboratories.
In this manuscript, the application of a risk management tool developed in the oil and gas industry known as a 'bowtie diagram' is assessed for application in the laboratory setting. The challenges of identifying laboratory hazards and managing associated risks as well as early experiences in adapting bowtie diagrams to the laboratory setting are described. Background information about the bowtie approach is provided and the technique illustrated using an academic laboratory research scenario. We also outline the role bowtie diagrams could play in a proactive safety culture program by facilitating hazard communication and maintaining hazard awareness across a wide spectrum of stakeholders.
Mary Beth Mulcahy is affiliated with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 910, Washington, DC 20006, USA.
Chris Boylan is affiliated with DNV GL, 1400 Ravello Drive, Katy, TX 77449, USA.
Samuella Sigmann is affiliated with A.R. Smith Department of Chemistry, Appalachian State University, 525 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608, USA.
Ralph Stuart is affiliated with Environmental Health and Safety Keene State College, 229 Main Street, Keene, NH 03435-2502, USA. Tel.: +1 802 316 9571 (E-mail: rstuartcih**At_Symbol_Here**me.com).
Let me know if you have any questions about this.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College
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