exida Recorded Webinars

Do Bow Ties Have a Place in Alarm Management?

Recording Date: April 2020

Bow Tie Diagrams, which have becoming increasingly popular over the last 20 years, provide a powerful and easy-to-understand way to visualize how a company controls risks to prevent major accident hazards. They illustrate the relationships between hazards, causes, potential consequences, the barriers in place to prevent the event or mitigate the results, and the degradation factors that might cause a barrier to fail. This webinar will provide an overview of the Bow Tie methodology and how it might be applied to alarm management. Content will be drawn from the new CCPS book “Bow Ties in Risk Management: A Concept Book for Process Safety” and other references. Specific examples include the Buncefield UK explosion / fire and the Gas Well Blowout and Fire at the Pryor Trust Well.

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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 has been an editor and voting member of the ISA-18.2 standards committee on alarm management since 2005. He was an active participant in the development / publication of the ISA-18.2 standard itself and as an editor / reviewer for ISA’s series of technical reports on alarm management (including ISA-18.2 TR1 “Alarm Philosophy” and TR3 “Basic Alarm Design” for which he served as co-chair). He is currently the co-chair of the joint working group developing ISA-84.91.03 “Functional Safety of Safety Controls, Alarms, and Interlocks for the Process Sector”. Todd is an instructor for ISA’s official training class on alarm management and is exida’s representative on the EEMUA 191 committee. He has executed numerous alarm philosophy workshops, gap assessments, and alarm management training classes for different control system platforms. Todd developed exida’s alarm philosophy best practices template. He is also the product manager for the SILAlarm rationalization software tool. Todd is an industry thought leader in alarm management. He has published numerous articles and presented many papers at supplier user group and industry conferences. His presentations have garnered three “Best in Conference” nominations and 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.