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Effective 5 why analysis

A critical part of any safety management system comes after safety inspections have been completed. Even if your safety department excels at completing inspections and undertaking corrective actions, your SMS will not be effective if you fail to identify root causes quickly and accurately.

One of the most popular and comprehensive ways to identify root causes is through a Five Why Analysis.

This whitepaper will discuss why you should carry out Five Why Analysis in the first place, highlight the benefits of this method, and identify some common mistakes that are to be avoided.

Download this whitepaper and learn:

  • How limiting yourself to 5 ‘whys’ may be a mistake
  • How to be sure you have correctly identified a root cause
  • How to deal with complicated incidents that have multiple root causes

About the Author

Shannon Crinklaw, CRSP, CHRL

Shannon Crinklaw is a Client Service Consultant with Medgate. Shannon has worked in the safety and environmental field for over 10 years mostly in the private sector within manufacturing environments. Shannon received a Business degree specializing in Human Resources from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. She furthered her specialization in safety by receiving a post grad certificate from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. She currently holds 2 certifications as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and Canadian Human Resource Leader. Prior to Medgate, Shannon’s experience included work with recognized safety leaders within the automotive industry where she was involved in various aspects of developing and executing Safety programs and involvement in the ISO 14001 certification. Shannon’s broad experience in the occupational health and safety field enables her to bring a deep understanding of the needs of Medgate clients.

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