So, effective alarm management helps:
- Eliminate all nuisance alarms and reduce operator stress.
- Provide operators with relevant information to help them take informed action in a timely fashion while optimizing process performance.
- Correctly prioritize alarms to improve process control and plant security.
- Minimize alarm overload to prevent incidents from escalating.
- Prepare the plant for new insurance regulations and security procedures.
There’s also a more pressing need to improve alarm management because of increasingly rigid regulations and fewer employees as a result of corporate downsizing and labour shortages.
Alarm management and rationalization
Alarm management is more than simply reducing the number of alarms; it’s also meant to help operators react more efficiently by using the right information at the right time. Alarm management and rationalization use all methods and processes to determine, document, design, supervise and maintain alarm systems. Since programming makes it easy to add alarms, it’s common to have too many nuisance alarms.