OSHA/EPA “Fact Sheet” About Root Cause Analysis & Incident Investigation
Above is the start of an OSHA/EPA Fact Sheet titled: “The Importance of Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation.”
OSHA and EPA want companies to go beyond fixing immediate causes (which may eliminate a symptom of a problem) and instead find and fix the root causes of the problems (the systemic/underlying causes). This is especially important for process safety incidents.
The fact sheet explains some of the basics of root cause analysis and suggests several tools for root cause analysis.
UNFORTUNATELY, many of the tools suggested by the fact sheet are not really suited to finding and fixing the real root causes of process safety incidents. They don’t help the investigator (or the investigative team) go beyond their current knowledge. Thus, the suggested techniques produce the same ineffective investigations that we have all seen before.
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