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Todd Stauffer Presenting on Alarm Management to Philadelphia Chapter of ISA


  April 30, 2018



Todd Stauffer, director of Alarm Management services at exida, will be presenting at the May meeting of the Philadelphia chapter of ISA on Wednesday May 16, 2018.

Maximizing Operator Response to Alarms: Closing the Holes in the Swiss Cheese Model 

James Reason is credited with establishing the model for representing process safety layers of protection as slices of swiss cheese. An operator’s response to an alarm is one of the first layers of protection to prevent a hazard from escalating to an incident. This presentation discusses how to maximize the operator’s reliability when responding to abnormal situations; thus “closing the holes in the swiss cheese layer”. It discusses how to follow the alarm management best practices defined in the ISA-18.2 standard and how human factors impact operator performance (e.g., why operators may ignore nuisance alarms).

DATE and TIME: Wednesday May 16, 2017: Open 5:15 PM – Light meal at 5:30 PM ($15/20); Meeting starts at 6:30 PM – Speaker’s presentation 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM – Vendor displays and socialize before and after talk.

LOCATION: Rumsey Electric Automation Solutions, 15 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken, Pa 19428, (610) 832-9000