Your system's alarms are one of the most important ways that your operators interact with the system and its processes. Today’s modern control systems have robust alarming schemes, creating the potential for inadequately implemented alarms and alerts, which raises operational risk.
When alarms and alerts occur, they should be meaningful each time and reported to the appropriate team members. Developing an Alarm Management methodology is one of the first steps to ensure that when your system tries to tell your team members something, they pay attention.
Comprehensive Alarm Management programs that align with ISA
18.2 standards are important for control systems because they may be able to mitigate larger issues that may arise with the operation of the system over time. Establishing effective operating conditions that work with your system can mitigate production losses, equipment damage, and lost-time injuries. By implementing an effective Alarm Management program, your plant can become safer and more reliable.
Whatever your system or process, Alarm Management is a continuous effort to identify necessary alarms, remove unnecessary ones, and ensure that the system works to achieve your goals while ensuring a safe and compliant work environment.