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Latent Cause Analysis™

Comments from
The Latent Cause Experience™

Latent Cause Analysis Meeting

“This has been one of the most significant weeks in my life….”

“This is the most worth-while seminar I’ve had in my 23 years here….”

“Everyone in our company should experience this course….”

"I liked highlighting how ignoring small failures leads to major failures.  The points about latency and culture were right on target."


"I liked the energy and passion that was expressed.  The discussion was awesome, great dialogue."

"I liked the challenging thoughts.  You could call this a leadership course."

"I liked this process because it focused on fixing a failure, NOT blaming the cause of that failure."​

What is Latent Cause Analysis?

Latent Cause Analysis™ (LCA) is a streamlined process that requires introspection and uses evidence to identify the root causes of problems without placing blame.  Consistent application of LCA results in a culture of understanding and accountability.

The Origin of Latent Cause Analysis


Failsafe Network's Latent Cause Analysis™ methods were born in the chemical industry, starting in the mid 1970's.  Initially, our methods focused on understanding the physics of our problems. Over time, however, it became apparent that people are ultimately responsible for the things they create, whether it is equipment, process, or system related.  While our process continues to address the "physics" of our problems, we've introduced the Latent Cause Analysis™ approach to go beyond the physics and require people to see themselves as part of their problems


What Are Latent Causes (according to Failsafe)?


Latent Causes are often overlooked, veiled, or hidden, yet powerful influences that contribute to people's tendencies and decisions that contribute to an incident.


Latent Cause Analysis™ can be used as a stand-alone investigative method by your organization on any size of event.  LCA can even be used by individuals in all walks of life, because the process does not depend on software, elaborate training, or advanced education.

Using LCA, one is able to identify the critical causes of an incident and how to address them to prevent recurring problems.  The bottom-line results are fewer problems and changed people, thus an improved work culture.

"This method [Latent Cause Analysis] addresses it all, but in the most effective way I’ve ever seen. It addresses the Physical Causes of our problems, as well as the Human and Latent Causes. I never knew anything like this existed. It’s the missing link.”

- HSE Manager

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