Alarm Management and ISA-18 – a Journey, Not a Destination

Poor alarm management is one of the leading causes of unplanned downtime, contributing to over $20B in lost production every year, and of major industrial incidents such as the one in Texas City. Developing good alarm management practices is not a discrete activity,...

Managing Alarms to Support Operational Discipline

Process alarms, coupled with operator action, are frequently cited as a safeguard in a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) and an Independent Protection Layers (IPL) in a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), but does the alarm management system really support the...

Tips for Starting an Alarm Management Program

Using the ISA-18.2 standard can help process engineers understand, simplify, and implement a sustainable alarm management program. Congratulations! You’ve been assigned the task of establishing an alarm management program for your facility. So where and how do you...