Work Safety Cards

Our Safety Cards have a simple goal – to improve the awareness of a broad range of personnel to potential major accident scenarios and increase their vigilance to such events & their potential causes so they can be promptly addressed.

Originally conceived as Process Safety Cards – a knowledge exchange aid for the Chemical, Process & allied industries where Loss of Control or Containment of Hazardous Materials or Energy is still a common occurrence – despite Better Technology and Bigger Data …

Process Safety Cards

… these are now developing into a number of different application areas where Safety at Work is vital:


Icons with green backgrounds are now available – white backgrounds are currently under development

The following common decks were created to be applicable to all Assets & Activities:

Occupational Safety
Control of Ignition Sources
Human & Organisational Factors
Handling Chemicals

This short video explains the concept applied to Process Safety …

A new addition to the portfolio are Incidents Cards where significant major accidents are memorialised using Top Trump style cards:

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We improve awareness with memorable images representing typical events – delivering knowledge literally into the hands of those who might contribute to and/or be affected by unplanned Events i.e. Accidents & Incidents.

With an ageing workforce and increased outsourcing of maintenance and operations activities, it is vital that time and knowledge poor stakeholders (who typically fall outside corporate process safety training strategies) are engaged and equipped to ensure they play their part in sustaining the integrity of assets.

Cards help build and sustain the following familiar Safety Management elements:

Culture &
Information &
Competence &
3rd Party (Contractor)
Cards ready for frontline deployment

Users or ‘Players’ are encouraged & helped to learn & apply the principles using this simple mnemonic:

  • REMEMBER Events
  • RECOGNISE Threats
  • RESPECT Barriers
  • REPORT Concerns

Thereafter, there is an obligation on the duty-holder to:

  • RESPOND to Feedback
  • RECOVER Protection

Visualization is used to get and keep the workforce onboard with the process safety mission by challenging them with these simple questions:

  1. Do you UNDERSTAND what can wrong i.e. HAZARDS?
  2. Do you KNOW what the systems are to prevent this from happening i.e. BARRIERS?

It is anticipated that, not only will site personnel benefit from these cards, 3rd parties e.g. contractors, visitors or others who may fall outside company initiatives or training can become better informed on the hazards, threats & controls that they may be involved with or impacted by.

In crude terms, this encourages everyone to:

Know Your Enemy


Remember Hazards are not the enemy – they are part of normal business with the potential to cause harm e.g. a tiger or gorilla in a cage.


A typical pack of cards has 52 scenarios which are divided into appropriate ‘suits’ for example, LoC cards:


Containment is lost via an open route to atmosphere
External impact
Failure beyond design conditions/envelope (over-stress)
Failure within conditions/envelope (under-strength)

These provide simple visual prompts to help “players” remember that the event (e.g. Loss of Containment) is an ever-present concern:

Although the cards are designed to be intuitive, they are annotated with Event types which can be supplied in different languages or alternative terminologies.


Scenario summaries are presented as separate pages with one Event on each sheet. They include typical (suggested) Causes (Threats) and Controls (Barriers) and visual representations of the scenarios in bowtie format, for example:

Visualisation aims to help ‘Players’ recognise Threats and respect Barriers e.g. ensure their actions or inactions do not disable, degrade or delete prevention measures associated with each event.

Details of scenario components are provided on the Bowties page.


It is vital that, if the objective is to increase awareness & vigilance, appropriate resources are available to respond to questions or comments from card “players” i.e. they must be encouraged to report concerns e.g. barrier deficiencies or absence, otherwise there is limited opportunity for improvement.

In extreme cases, operations may need to be suspended, or in less urgent situations; planned corrective & preventive action may be required to recover protection or risk reduction measures to their intended presence and performance.

Cards & summaries should therefore not be deployed without adequate process safety knowledge and means to act upon feedback & challenges.

It is anticipated that these cards & summaries will reflect existing policies, procedures, principles, and practices, however if these do not exist; support to develop and deploy these is available from Process Safety Integrity and its associates.

Suggested uses and feedback is provided on the Applications page.

We invite Users to share their experiences with the Cards & Summaries so that others may be inspired to use these tools in novel & productive ways – this is available on the Ideas page.


The following options are available:

  • Languages
  • Event images
  • Branding & Logos
  • Scenarios & Bowties
  • User Guides

Cards and Summaries are available separately and the native bowtie files (BowTieXP) are also available for Users to develop themselves.

Customised card boxes


Cards can be produced with individual QR codes on the front and/or a common code on the back of the cards and/or the front & back of the boxes to direct the player to information, guidance or media related to the event or topic on the card:

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For more information on options & pricing, please contact us.