COMET Root Cause Analysis Toolkit

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Investigation of accidents, incidents and near misses is essential if lessons are to be learned. Understanding root causes and associated human factors is important to prevent recurrence but is not always done or done well.

COMET from STC Insiso is a product developed by professional investigators with major accident experience in the oil and gas sector which this contractor is trialling to investigate root causes of accidents and incidents, relating to health, safety, environment and security.

COMET (Communication, Operating Environment, Management, Equipment and Training) brings a digital dimension to incident investigations and root cause analysis. Using the COMET methodology, it enables all aspects of an incident investigation to be captured, tracked and measured online.

The COMET process is unique. It recognises that emphasis on the ‘Discover’ phase of event investigation generates high quality input data and gives you a solid foundation for making sound decisions for future prevention. COMET’s approach leads to real root causes being revealed and confident decisions being made about future preventive actions.

The toolkit provides a number of elements that guide an incident investigator to an effective and consistent outcome. This includes the Significant Investigation Data (SID) grid, which supports uncovering all of the relevant facts and data to form the basis of a rigorous investigation around a timeline, a barrier evaluation tool to identify controls that failed, were missing or were effective, change evaluation and root cause maps, and preventive action prompts for each root cause identified to help create proportionate and robust preventive actions.

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