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A HAZOP (Hazard and Operability Study) is a systematic way of finding failure points or areas of improvement in all your business processes. The result of HAZOP will be that you have massively improved the robustness and efficiency of all your buisiness operations

HAZOP RS is ready for release in February 2020

Are your business systems, operations and processes really as efficient as they could be?

HAZOPs increase business efficiency by identifying weak points in systems and processes

Designed to increase efficiency within processes and to protect operations, equipment and personnel from damage, loss or harm, a HAZOP is a highly structured and systematic Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment, Risk Prioritisation and Risk Control method designed to examine potential problems in systems.

HAZOPs were first used in the chemical engineering industry and more recently in the oil and gas and nuclear industries, however the methodology can be used in all business where there is a defined systematic process.

HAZOP RS is an excellent tool for scrutinising any business process no matter how many users, environments, locations or devices.

HAZOPs force you to scrutinise your operations

HAzard and OPerability (HAZOP) studies are systematic techniques allowing you to scrutinise systems, sub systems, processes and sub processes throughout your entire business and operations with the intention of making improvements to design, function, flow, safety and overall improve efficiency.

HAZOP RS facilitates multi-location (teams do not have to be in the same room or even country), multi-domain and multi-team HAZOPs that are mapped entirely to your organisation hierarchy. HAZOP RS allows you to fully quantity events, prioritise identified areas of improvement, manage follow up actions and produce concise reports. HAZOP RS functions on any device.

Starting with a process flow diagram (e.g. from a Business Systems Analysis, a business flow desktop study, flow chart or engineering blue print drawing) of a particular system/process or sub system/sub process within your business, a specific functional part is analysed. An effective HAZOP will always split the system into manageable functional parts. The specific part to be analysed is one section of the flow diagram that is designed, in its current state to achieve a certain task e.g. in generic business this may be "load online orders into the customer relationship management software" or in engineering this may be "extract 1kg of dust from column B every 90 minutes". This specific task is termed the intent. Typically, intents should have been designed in such a way as to allow for fluctuations. E.g. in the CRM example there might be different types of customer, different data entry points etc and in the dust extraction example there may be different amounts of dust, different operating temperatures or varying up and downstream requirements.

Organisation tree for effective risk management

Interactive organisation tree
  • Easily map your organisation structure to your risk management plan with a fully customisable Organisation Tree allowing you to track and manage risk in different locations, teams and domains in your organisation.

Graphical data-rich risk assessments

Graphical Risk Assessments
  • Risksoft software is designed for rapid communication. Key information from multiple bowties is presented in a colour-coded manner in a high resolution layout with fully sorted, quantified, grouped, filterable and customised information.

Live quantified interactive dashboards

Live Risk Reporting Dashboards
  • BowTie RS constantly monitors your business at every enterprise risk level, register, portfolio and control plan. Live risk is actively reported on a range of dashboards including graphs, pie charts and risk matrices.

Fully customisable to suit your business needs

Customisable Process Management Software
  • All Risksoft software is fully customisable. You can customise labels, categories, colours, thresholds, enterprises, impacts, probabilities and more. This gives BowTie RS the capability to truly match your exact operating requirements and parameters.

High resolution zoomable graphics for clarity

HAZOP RS high resolution graphics
  • Graphics in HAZOP RS are high resolution and can be resized, customised, zoomed in and out on and automatically adjust to your device screen size. The 'take a snapshot' button allows you take a high quality jpeg image for use in external documents/ power point presentations etc. HAZOP aims to make HAZOPs less form-like.

Clear and concise control information

HAZOP RS Risk Control Summary
  • The most important part of your risk management plan is your risk controls and controls themselves need careful management. HAZOP RS gives you clear and concise information about the status of all your risk controls e.g. how many are active/ inactive, and colour coded warnings about when you need to review each control.

Export reports to and import from Excel

HAZOP RS Excel Report
  • Effective Risk Management systems generate a huge amount of data in order to assess and prioritise the current risk portfolio status, based on probabilities,impacts and control status'. HAZOP RS allows you to export all this data into customisable reports for use in other applications. Moreover, you can also import HAZOP data from Excel.

Comprehensive help on every screen

HAZOP process Management Software Help
  • HAZOP RS is easy to use, however like all new software it can take time to get to know in order to get the most out of it. On every screen of HAZOP RS is a help menu in the form of the drop-down bar. The help bar will tell you all you need to know about the screen you are on including user interface information and in some cases, technical data.

HAZOPs make you see areas of improvement at every single part of your systems

Within each section to be analysed, despite there being an overall design intent, there are also parts within the system that have to fulfill certain roles - e.g. in the CRM example, a graphical user interface has a duty of intent to provide a platform to input data from the user screen. In the dust extraction system, a pump has a duty of intent to remove dust from one manifold into a filter bay.

Each of these individual intents have possible fluctuations in effectiveness. E.g. what if the GUI doesn't work on the user's device, or what if the dust extraction pump fails in certain temperatures? This is exactly where a HAZOP is useful. The HAZOP team systematically looks at each possible scenario with the aim of identifying potential problems/ hazards and especially ascertaining causes and consequences - here you are looking for deviations from the intent and this is typically carried out by introducing pre-defined key words in the context of each intent/part such as "MORE (flow)", ,"LESS (power)", "INCREASE (temperature)", "DECREASE (resistance)" - you can choose your own key words that are specific to your operations and business and especially the system you are analysing, the key is to use consistency throughout.

HAZOPs facilitate continuous risk control management

After agreeing upon the problems/hazards and related causes and consequences, the next step is to identify methods, controls or safeguards to reduce the probability of the cause happening or the impact of consequence. These may have already been designed into a system - e.g. in the CRM example there may be a different GUI for each operating device, or in the case of the dust extraction pump, there may be a thermostat controlling the pump. However, commonly, at this stage either the HAZOP will suggest new controls or someone will be actioned to look into a solution after the HAZOP has finished.

Several members are required to conduct a useful HAZOP

A common HAZOP team will include at least a:

Chairman - someone experienced in HAZOP methodology but not directly involved in the design or business flow. They are their to ensure that the HAZOP is carried out carefully and are responsible for ensuring that the discussion is effective, purposeful and leads to a definite conclusion that is adequately recorded, all problems are documented and suggestions/recommendations passed on to the relevant parties following the HAZOP.
Secretary - to accurately record discussions, problems and recommendations on behalf of the Chairman. A secretary should also have knowledge of the HAZOP process and experience of the operating industry will help so they can recognise terms and identify relevant discussion points.
Designer - someone involved heavily in the design represented in the intent diagrams.
User - someone who will be using the system dictated in the diagrams and who can give sound judgement on the effects of deviation from a user perspective.
Specialist - an individual with relevant and high level skilled technical knowledge, e.g. specific knowledge about component parts, reactions, analysis down to the last detail.
Maintainer - someone who will be involved in long term maintenance of the system or operating environment.

Six layered risk categorisation

Bowtiw RS risk organisation
  • In any risk management plan, effective structuring and categorisation of risks is essential for proper analysis and control. Hazop RS categorises risk events (BowTies) in six levels where individual risk events culminate up the organisation tree: (1) Company - overall company risk, (2) Organisation Unit - risk in any location, team or domain, (3) Enterprise level - risks in e.g. operations, strategies, finances, compliance or opportunites, (4) Category - an individual risk type, (5) Subcategory - an individual risk subtype, (6) Risk event - the specific BowTie itself


Multiplatform Hazop software
  • Hazop RS is multi-platform. This means the software functions on all commonly used devices: PCs, Macs, Laptops, Notebooks, Tablets, Smartphones. This includes all Apple (iOS), Windows and Android devices. To achieve multi-platform status and functionality, BowTie RS software runs on your internet browser: Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Maxthon. The software will run exactly the same on any device or any browser meaning you do not need to purchase/ install hundreds of copies of the software, which is useful for large enterprise teams.

Multi-user, multi-location collaboration

Hazop software collaboration
  • Hazop RS is cloud based software - either ran directly from secure Risksoft servers, or in your internal network. We recommend cloud based hosting as you get instant access to software updates and you can leave data management up to us. Being cloud-based software as a service (SaaS), you and anyone in your team can access Hazop RS wherever you/they are on any device, making collaboration extremely easy, no matter how big your team is. No more need to be in the same location - anyone with permission can access your BowTie RS system.


Maximise Gain Minimise Loss Increase Value Promote Efficiency Identify Weaknesses Improve Processes Strengthen your Business