Effective Alarm Management - The Practitioners Course

Edition 3 of EEMUA 191 -  Are you up to speed with the latest changes and improved guidance?

Are you confident that your alarm system is effective?

Do you know if your operators are burdened with too many alarms and how this might be improved?

Could you miss key safety or environmental alarms during an incident?

Alarm systems themselves need to be managed; the alarm system needs to be configured in a consistent manner so that the operator is in a position to take the most appropriate action.

ABB’s practical approach to alarm management takes you through the full alarm lifecycle covering the Projects, Operations and Maintenance phases. As well as offering guidance for alarm specification and design, we will help you to identify and solve problems with existing systems such as nuisance alarms.


While reduced legislative risk continues to be a major driver, significant financial savings can be achieved from a well designed and maintained alarm system which provides operators with an effective tool to deliver operational benefits including increased up time, higher OEE, improved maintenance and tighter product quality.


What the course will cover:
− Standards & Guidance; ASM, ISA, HSE,
− NAMUR. The course is based on the requirements of ISA 18.2, supplemented as appropriate by the good practice guidance contained in EEMUA 191.
− The alarm management lifecycle; requirements, recommendations and good practice for alarm identification, specification, design and implementation. Including human factors and HMI design
− Alarm system documentation; alarm philosophy, alarm system requirements specification and master alarm database.
− Setting of performance targets
− Managing your alarm system for continuous improvement; the role of performance measurement, monitoring and review. Alarm monitoring and logging tools. Alarm analysis techniques
− Advanced alarm management, tools and techniques, risk / benefit considerations
− Drivers and benefits for prospective and retrospective alarm rationalisation


On completion you should be able to:
− Understand why your alarm system should be managed
− Identify and evaluate the associated benefits
− Have a good awareness of ISA 18.2 requirements and recommendations and the guidance contained in EEMUA 191
− Better understand the value and role of alarms
− Develop an alarm philosophy and design and implement an alarm schedule/ database
− Apply requirements and good practice to the identification, specification and design of new alarms
− Have an understanding of the need and benefits of performance measurement and what tools are available
− Have an understanding of the continuous improvement cycle for alarm management
− Identify nuisance alarms and assemble a toolkit that helps reduce them
− Understand the process, inputs and deliverables from an effective alarm rationalisation exercise

The training method

This is a highly interactive course in which lecture presentations are supplemented with practical examples, case studies, and individual & group exercises to reinforce the formal learning.

This course meets the requirements of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Tuesday, 17th October 2017 - Time: 09:00 till 17:00
Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Time 09:00 till 17:00
Thursday 19th October 2017 - Time 09:00 till 16:00

We have reserved a limited number of hotel rooms at a preferential rate for bed & breakfast. Details will be included with your confirmation.

  • Where

  • Edinburgh Marriott Hotel
    111 Glasgow Road
    Edinburgh EH12 8NF
    +44 (0) 131 334 9191