EEMUA 191 Alarm systems management

This is a one-day training course that provides simple and practical guidance to managers, designers, supervisors and operators on how to recognise and deal with typical human-factor problems involving alarm systems. Its scope covers many sectors, including the energy, process, transport and utilities industries. This course is aimed at helping prevent accidents similar to the explosion and fires at the Milford Haven refinery in the UK in 1994. This serious incident injured twenty six people, caused damage of the order of €50 million and resulted in the loss of a large amount of production. An outline of the course is shown below and you can find more details on the course provider’s website at: Wilde Analysis.

• How the HSE expects alarm systems to be managed
• Alarm System Management Policy
• Safety Case

Core Principles of Alarm System Management
• Philosophy of Alarm System Management

Alarm System Design Overview
• Human Factors
• Structuring and Partitioning of Alarms
• Limits on claims for Safety Integrity Level (SIL)

Design Process
• Where do alarms come from?
• Safety, environmental or economic alarms
• Qualitative risk assessment
• Choice of alarm priorities
• Alarm settings

Procurement of Alarm Systems
• Investment appraisal
• Cost of poor alarms performance
• Specifications to ensure usability

Measuring Performance
• Syndicate exercises and Surveys
• Performance metrics
• Audits and reviews

Managing an Improvement Programme
• Dealing with unwanted alarms
• Logical processing of alarms
• Repeating and fleeting alarms

HAZOP and Alarms
• Alarms in context
• Preparations and Boundaries
• Operator Interface
• Alarm Suppression Hazard Study

• Roadmaps

Some key aspects of EEMUA 191 are the basis of EEMUA's Alarm Systems e-learning.

Download a free EEMUA checklist for an alarm management philosophy document (from EEMUA Publication 191).

Free EEMUA posters outlining EEMUA's activities in a range of industry sectors are available to download from here