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alarm management

Alarm Management

Alarm systems have developed over the last decade from hard wired indicators which were costly to configure and had limited space, to the cheap and highly configurable SCADA interfaces commonly implemented today. This transition has largely gone unregulated by company standards leading to the blanket implementation of alarms for everything and anything available without fully considering the impact on the operator. The result of this will impact the safety of a process plant through uncontrolled alarm changes and alarm flooding.


The objectives of this Alarm Management course are to develop the skills necessary to implement a site standard for alarm configuration, to be able to assess the performance of the current alarm system and to review existing alarms for their relevance. It will teach the participants how to regain control of site alarm systems and how to provide operators with only the relevant information that they require.


Course Content 

  • Introduction to Alarm Management
  • The 7 step process for effectively and efficiently addressing alarm system problems
  • ANSI/ISA-18.2 / IEC62682 standards on alarm management - Why there are two standards, content of the standards, regulatory implications for existing systems, the Life Cycle approach, mandatory and recommended elements, concepts and clarifications
  • Developing a comprehensive alarm philosophy
  • Alarm analysis: baseline and benchmarking
  • Alarm bad actor resolution
  • Alarm documentation and rationalisation, including cost-effective staged approaches
  • Alarm audit and enforcement
  • Advanced, real-time alarm management techniques
  • Management of change of an alarm system
  • Justifying alarm management projects


Course Duration: 2 day

Maximum number of attendees: 12

Click here to inquire about this course as an in-house event at your site.


Where and when is this course offered?

Alarm Management - Oct 30, 2017 to Oct 31, 2017
This 2 day course is offered in New Plymouth. NZD1780 per attendee (Excl. GST).

This course from PAS, the leaders in alarm management, will thoroughly cover the seven steps needed for an effective Alarm Management system. Basic and advanced topics on alarm management are covered, including details on understanding and applying the ANSI/ISA-18.2 standard on Alarm Management for the Process Industries. This course will provide a full understanding of effective alarm management, including business issues, industry standards and regulations, best practices, knowledge exchange, and a rigorous seven step methodology for achieving a highly effective alarm system. The presenter of this course is Ian Johnston, a certified PAS trainer. The course includes a copy of The Alarm Management Handbook, Second Edition.

This Course has discounted prices available:
EarlyBird Price of NZD$1610 per trainee ended 2 years ago.

Closed Oct 27
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