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Introduction to Alarm Management Practices & Principles

Course Code: ALM 101

Course Description:

Effective operator response to alarms is a critical layer of protection to prevent a plant upset or hazard from escalating to an incident. Poor alarm management has been cited as a contributor to numerous industry incidents. Application of alarm management best practices also helps increase operator productivity leading to optimized production and less unplanned downtime. The course will show how the ISA-18.2-2016 standard “Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries”, and the alarm management lifecycle defined in it, can be used to address common alarm management issues (e.g., nuisance alarms, alarm floods) and to create an effective, sustainable alarm management program that delivers quantifiable benefits. 

The seminar prepares participants to supporta facility alarm management program including tasks such as creating an alarm philosophy document, alarm rationalization, analyzing alarm system performance, alarm system maintenance, and resolution of alarm management issues. 

What you Will Learn by Attending:

  • Considerations for creating an effective and useful alarm philosophy document
  • Establishing objective criteria for determining which alarms are valid and which are not
  • How to rationalize alarms to ensure every alarm is meaningful to the operator, prioritized consistently, and documented thoroughly (cause, consequence, corrective action, time to respond) 
  • Methodology for establishing alarm setpoints based on design constraints, operating boundaries, and safe upper / lower operating limits
  • Similarities and differences between alarm rationalization and process hazard analysis (PHA)
  • How to treat system / instrument diagnostic alarms and alerts
  • Effective design and implementation of safety (related) alarms
  • Techniques for improving the operator’s response through improved HMI design, the use of alarm shelving (manual suppression), and alarm response procedures
  • How to suppress alarms from the operator to prevent an alarm flood (e.g., when a compressor trips)
  • How to measure alarm system performance to create a continuous improvement program
  • How to identify and resolve common alarm management issues (e.g., nuisance alarms and alarm floods)
  • Implementing an effective and useful management of change process
  • Alarm system maintenance

Tailored to Your Control System

This class is available in generic format and tailored to your control system. Learn about the alarm management functionality and how to follow best practices in the following systems:

  • ABB System 800xA
  • Emerson DeltaV
  • Honeywell Experion
  • Rockwell PlantPAx
  • Siemens PCS 7
  • Yokogawa Centum

Who Should Attend:

  • Process engineers
  • Operators and their supervisors
  • Control system engineers
  • Safety, risk management, and environmental personnel
  • Maintenance technicians & engineers

Course Length: 1 day

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