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Video: Alarm Management - Nuisance Alarms and the Boy Who Cried Wolf

  April 29, 2021

One of the most common and preventable contributors to industrial incidents is an operator failing to respond to an alarm, often resulting directly or indirectly from the presence of nuisance alarms. Nuisance alarms are like the boy who cried wolf. They are meaningless and annoying until they are not. They are a nuisance because they do not indicate a problem and they don’t require an operator action. They pose a risk to successful operation because they desensitize the operator to the importance of alarms and cause the operator to ignore alarms. The best way to eliminate nuisance alarms is to implement an alarm management program that follows the ISA-18.2 and IEC 62682 standards. Want to learn how to create an effective alarm management program, eliminate nuisance alarms, reduce Human Error, and prevent industrial incidents? Or do you have other challenging alarm management, cybersecurity, or functional safety issues? Reach out to the experts at exida to see how we can assist.