5 Methods of Root Cause Analysis for EHS Incidents

Learn about five of the most popular Root Cause Analysis models, their differences and when to use them

Understand the basics of Root Cause Analysis for thorough incident investigation

Conducting an incident investigation Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a complex task that can require a high level of skill. It is perhaps for this reason that there are limited readily-available resources online for EHS professionals to learn more about the practice, which can often seem like a collection of buzzwords.

An understanding of the various RCA techniques is required to succeed in the EHS field.  It's an integral part of managing risk and understanding how to appropriately correct recurring problems. There are dozens of methods in practice, but this guide will impart knowledge on the following five:

  • Fishbone Diagram
  • 5-Whys
  • Bowtie Analysis
  • Tripod Beta
  • Fault Tree Analysis

Our brief document splits out the basics of each, with a how-to guide, an example, and pros and cons. Root Cause Analysis is only one block of an incident investigation building, but if you want to start with a strong foundation in the practice, download this whitepaper for help.


Topics covered

  1. Introduction to Incident Investigation
  2. Five methods of Root Cause Analysis
  3. Which method is right for you?
  4. The role of EHS software
  5. What to do after Root Cause Analysis
  6. Other helpful resources

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