exida Academy Training

Introduction to Alarm Management Practices & Principles

Course Code: ALM 101


Course Description:

Operator response to alarms is a critical layer of protection to prevent a plant upset from escalating to an incident. Poor alarm management has been cited as a contributor to numerous industry incidents. Application of alarm management best practices can help increase operator productivity leading to optimized production and less unplanned downtime. The course will show how the ISA-18.2-2009 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 support a 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.

It also focuses on the relationship between effective alarm management and process safety.

What you Will Learn by Attending:

  • What goes into creating an effective 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)
  • Establish alarm setpoints based on design constraints, operating boundaries, and safe upper and 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., stale alarms, chattering alarms, and alarm floods)
  • Estimating the financial benefits of alarm management
  • Integrating alarm management into a Process Safety Management (PSM) program

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

The AMP Exam:

The Alarm Management Practitioner (AMP) Program is designed to teach end users, integrators, suppliers, and regulators how to realistically apply the most important concepts from the ISA-18.2 and IEC 62682 alarm management standards. The program was developed by exida experts who were instrumental in writing the ISA-18.2 standard and associated technical reports. It leverages exida’s experience from hundreds of alarm management projects to deliver the most important principles and the keys for success.

The AMP program will be offered in conjunction with the exida Academy Training course ALM 101: Introduction to Alarm Management Practices & Principles, which is offered generically or for specific control systems. 

The exam will be given at the conclusion of the training course, and is optional. Therefore if you wish not to participate, please let your instructor know. The candidate must achieve a minimum of 80% on the exam in order to receive their AMP certificate.

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