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 & recommendations & 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, 20th February 2018 - Time: 09:00 till 17:00
Wednesday 21st February 2018 - Time 09:00 till 17:00
Thursday 22nd February 2018 - Time 09:00 till 16:00

  • Where

  • Leeds Marriott Hotel
    4 Trevelyan Square
    Boar Lane
    Leeds LS1 6ET
    +44 (0) 113 236 6366