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A properly implemented alarm management system can reduce operator work load, improve situational awareness and aid the operator in preventing minor deviations from becoming major incidents. A poorly implemented system adds to workload, increases frustration, stress, and confusion, and can ultimately impact safety, reliability, production, and profitability.
Does the following seem familiar?
  • During plant upsets, alarms are coming in so rapidly that the console operator needs someone to stand alongside and press the silence button.
  • Console operators are choosing their own alarms settings.
  • Alarms are configured, but no one knows why they were set at that particular value.
  • Console operators look only at the screen when an alarm goes off.
  • There are pages of disabled or standing alarms.
  • The site does not have a clearly written, well-understood, and fully implemented alarm management philosophy.

These conditions are not uncommon, but before they can be fixed, it is crucial to understand the current situation. The Alarm Management Services provide a rational and structured basis for ensuring all areas of importance relating to the alarm system are successfully addressed.

Service Description

User Centered Design Services provides a comprehensive array of Alarm Management Services that can be used to evaluate your current plant condition, make realistic and achievable recommendations for improvement, and aid you in implementing our recommendations. An integral part of this line is to provide guidance on industry standards and best practices.

We offer the following alarm management services:

  • Gap Analysis
  • Workshop
  • Alarm Philosophy
  • Project Facilitation

We are also happy to provide customized services based on any specific client requirements.

These services can be used to:

  • Assess the current state of your site’s alarm system, benchmarking it versus EEMUA and ASM® Best Practices.
  • Perform Workshops to educate facilities on Best Practices in Alarm System Management.
  • Develop a detailed Alarm Philosophy Document covering all aspects of alarm management, rationalization, and life cycle management, including delivering training to your facility on proper implementation.
  • Provide Project Facilitation Services to ensure your alarm management implementation project stays on track and delivers real benefits to your organization.

We have expertise in the following:

  • ASM Consortium Effective Alarm Management Guidelines (guideline)
  • ISA 18.2 – Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries (standard)
  • IEC 62682 - Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries (standard)
  • EEMUA 191 – Alarm Systems – A Guide to Design Management and Procurement (guideline)
  • API 1167 – Recommended Practice for Alarm Management (recommended practice)
  • NPD YA-711 – Principles for Alarm System Design (standard)

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