Learn risk analysis at #ACSSanDiego

In addition to the safety training opportunities at ACS meetings that I posted last week, the Division of Chemical Health & Safety is also sponsoring a workshop to learn a risk assessment tool called the “bowtie” method. The knot at the center of the “bowtie” is the incident, the left side has the threats or events that could trigger the incident along with possible controls, and the right side has the consequences if the incident happens and possible controls for those.

Bowtie risk analysis diagram

Bowtie risk analysis diagram

Presenting the workshop will be Mary Beth Mulcahy of the Chemical Safety Board and Chris Boylan of safety consulting and certification company Det Norske Veritas. They plan to give a short presentation about the method, then divide the audience to work on real-world examples from teaching and research laboratories.

The workshop will run on Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Hilton Gaslamp in the Marina Room. Go here for more information, go here to add it to your meeting calendar, and email marybeth.mulcahy@csb.gov if you’re planning to attendemail marybeth.mulcahy@csb.gov if you’re planning to attend.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

Share This Post On


  1. Can this training be made available online or East Coast meeting?

  2. >Can this training be made available online or East Coast meeting?

    This workshop is a pilot effort at applying the bowtie approach to the lab setting at the San Diego meeting. Depending on how it goes, we could organize something similar at the Philadelphia ACS meeting. My guess is that it’s unlikely we’ll do such a workshop on-line in 2016 at this point.

    Thanks for asking.

    – Ralph Stuart