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Environmental 5 Why Analysis

A critical part of any environmental management system (EMS) comes after safety inspections have been completed. Even if your environmental department excels at completing inspections and undertaking corrective actions, your EMS 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

Ian Cohen

Ian Cohen, MS is the Product Marketing Manager responsible for Cority's Environmental and Safety initiatives. Before taking this role, Ian was Cority's Environmental Product Manager, where he was responsible for developing Cority's Environmental Compliance and Data Management Suite. Prior to working with Cority, Ian was an environmental specialist at Florida Power & Light Company, a NextEra Energy, Inc., company, where he led the development, implementation, and management of various environmental management systems and programs. Ian is well versed in the development of enterprise environmental management information systems and is a subject matter expert in corporate sustainability, including program development, annual reporting and stakeholder communications. Ian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Environmental Science, both from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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