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“Alarm systems form an essential part of the operator interfaces to large modern industrial facilities. They provide vital support to the operators by warning them of situations that need their attention.”1
Major incidents have occurred in the past that could be attributed solely to or have been aggravated by
poorly designed or managed alarm systems (Milford Haven Refinery (1983), Longford Refinery (1998), Texas City Refinery (2005) etc.).
With societies and authorities becoming increasingly reluctant to accept risks posed by major hazard
industries on their employees, contractors and neighbours, the control of these risks are expected to be continuously improved. This includes the way alarm systems are designed, operated and managed to ensure that these systems allow operators to become aware, diagnose and successfully act upon all potential undesired situations.
This is easier said than done and takes ample engineering effort, a structured approach and an ongoing
effort to ensure that the alarm systems become and remain a dependable and adequate protection layer against undesired incidents and escalation.
To guide and help the industry various standards have emerged in recent years: EEMUA 191 (2013), ISA
18.2 (2009 updated in 2016) and IEC 62682 (2014). Authorities increasingly expect compliance to these standards.
This course is structured around the Life-cycle model presented in the ISA/IEC standard and will provide
participants an introduction into alarm management. In case of existing alarm systems, the course will enable participants to turn a possible faltering system around through performance monitoring, analysis, rationalization and continuous improvement.
For new systems, it will provide participants with the tools to design the alarm system first-time-right such
that it presents the operator with meaningful, relevant alarms that allow him/her to respond adequately and timely all the time.
The course contains a number of exercises to put theories into practice.
1 EEMUA 191 edition 3
Why alarm management?
What is a (good) alarm (system)?
Alarm management lifecycle concepts
Alarm identification, rationalization and prioritisation
Alarm system design and specification
Alarm settings, dead band, signal filtering
Alarm suppression techniques
Measuring Alarm system performance
Management of Change
Benefits of attending
Upon successful completion of this course, each participant will be able to:
Formulate the steps to be taken to improve the performance of an existing alarm system and how to design a well performing new alarm system
Understand the importance of a team approach to alarm management
Use the ISA 18.2 or IEC 62682 standards to develop new or improve existing alarmsystems
Articulate the importance of alarm management
Understand the performance targets and metrics for an alarm system
Describe the lifecycle of an alarm system