exida Recorded Webinars

Benchmarking Industry Practices for the Use of Alarms as Safeguards and Layers of Protection

Recording Date: May 2013

This webinar discusses current industry practices around the use of alarms as safeguards and layers of protection as established by a recent benchmark survey of over 200 safety practitioners from around the world. Areas explored in the survey and will be discussed include:

  Typical and maximum claimed risk reduction
  Considerations used to determine whether an alarm can be credited with risk reduction
  How often IPL alarms are determined to be invalid or ineffective in operation
  Practices for display and annunciation through a Human Machine Interface (HMI)

Key results and conclusions will also be presented as well as recommendations on where industry should focus on improvement.

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About the Presenter:

Todd Stauffer

Todd Stauffer Todd Stauffer, PE, is responsible for exida’s alarm management products and services (training, consulting, SILAlarm™ rationalization software). He is an editor and voting member of the ISA-18.2 standards committee on alarm management and currently is the co-chair of ISA-18.2’s Working Group 3 (Basic Alarm Design). He is an instructor for ISA’s training class “Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems”. Todd is also exida’s representative on the EEMUA 191 committee. Todd has experience leading alarm philosophy development workshops for clients and performing alarm philosophy gap analyses. He has published and presented numerous papers on alarm management. Recent works include “Implementing an Effective Alarm Management Plan” and “Benchmarking the Use of Alarms as Safeguards and IPLs”. His article “Don’t be Alarmed: Avoid Unplanned downtime from alarm overload“ was selected as Intech magazine’s best article of the year in 2007.