Events and Causal Factors Analysis

SKU: C-987Duration: 18 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 18 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Accidents and major equipment failures are usually the result of several different failures or human errors occurring at the same time. This can make it difficult to analyze information and find root causes. A method such as events and causal factors analysis is useful because it organizes event data on a timeline, which provides a visual summary of an incident and makes it easy to identify relationships between relevant events and their causal factors.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic steps involved in events and causal factors analysis
  • Describe how to construct an event timeline
  • List and describe the conditions that should be evaluated
  • Describe how to evaluate human errors

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

When should events and causal factors analysis be used?
Events and causal factors analysis is a good method for finding the root causes of accidents and other major incidents.

What are the steps of events and causal factors analysis?
Events and causal factors analysis provides a method to execute the general steps of any root cause analysis: Define the problem, analyze the problem, identify root cause, and implement corrective actions.

What is considered an event?
An event is any observation, action, or process change.

What is a causal factor?
There are a number of factors that contribute to an incident. For example, there are personnel and environmental factors, tools and technology, and the physical and mental states of the people involved.

How do you know if a cause is a root cause?
For each possible cause, determine if the incident would have been prevented if that cause was eliminated or corrected. If yes, then it is a root cause.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Events and causal factors analysis is a common root cause analysis method for accidents and other major incidents. Creating a timeline is a good way to see the relationships between events and their causal factors. Start with the direct cause and work backwards in time, documenting every event related to the incident and the conditions present at the time. Identify which events are significant and then differentiate between contributing and root causes. Finally, implement corrective actions to prevent a similar event from occurring in the future.

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