Barrier Analysis

Description Barrier analysis is a root cause analysis method that considers the pathways through which a hazard can affect a target in order to characterize the performance of actual or potential barriers/controls interposed to protect the target. Pros and Cons Pros Conceptually simple, easy to grasp. Easy to use and apply, requires minimal resources. Works well in combination with […]

RCA Articles

Listed below are some of the better Root Cause Analysis articles from my weblog. I’ll start the list with what is probably the most popular article on my whole site… the one that’s been linked to by many blogs and websites (some run by government agencies), cited by others in several journal articles, presentations, and […]

Root Cause Analysis

Are you looking for a guided tour through the topic of Root Cause Analysis, something like a short book or training manual? If so, start off with the RCA Article Guide. Do you need to solve a difficult problem? … investigate an accident or safety incident? … eliminate waste and maximize value? … figure out why equipment keeps failing? […]

Rockin’ New Human Performance Investigation Tool

Most problems and accidents involve human activity at some point or other. Often, this activity is right at the point of occurrence, and people at the sharp end are usually operating under difficult or confusing circumstances. They make decisions and take actions that, in hindsight, prove to be “wrong” in some way. Then, after something […]