Safety-barrier diagrams

Nijs Jan Duijm

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    Safety-barrier diagrams and the related so-called "bow-tie" diagrams have become popular methods in risk analysis. This paper describes the syntax and principles for constructing consistent and valid safety-barrier diagrams. The relation with other methods such as fault trees and Bayesian networks are discussed. A simple method for quantification of safety-barrier diagrams is proposed, including situations where safety barriers depend on shared common elements. It is concluded that safety-barrier diagrams provide a useful framework for an electronic data structure that integrates information from risk analysis with operational safety management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRisk, reliability and societal safety : Vol. 1: Specialisation topics
    EditorsT. Aven, J.E. Vinnem
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Publication date2007
    ISBN (Print)04-15-44783-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event16th European Safety and Reliability Conference - Stavanger, Norway
    Duration: 25 Jun 200727 Jun 2007
    Conference number: 16


    Conference16th European Safety and Reliability Conference


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