EEMUA Publication 191 “ALARM SYSTEMS – A Guide to Design, Management, and Procurement” was first released in 1999 and is well acknowledged as the defacto standard for Alarm Management. (A second edition was released in 2007). ISA and ANSI approved a new standard in June, ANSI/ISA-18.2-2009 “Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries”.
Both of these publications have similar KPIs for alarm system performance. So what does this mean for your industry?
As an employer, irrespective of the size of the business, you have the responsibility for the day-to-day health, safety and welfare of your employees and visitors to your workplace. This duty of care is usually set out in the occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation of the relevant country. Companies as well as individuals from Supervisor level to CEO level have been legally prosecuted for breaches in OH&S regulations in some countries. Duty of care usually mandates that employers of process and other automated industries must
provide a suitable alarm system that gives adequate warning of impending abnormal situations to operators so that they have time to take action to prevent the potential consequences from occurring. Duty of care also includes the provision of a control system that does not put the operators under undue levels of stress, which could also compromise the safety of other employees.
This paper provides information on what alarm management is and why it is important. It also provides an overview of these global standards, and what you can do to achieve compliance.