Info HF 08/18Task - "Alarm Management"

EIGA’s series of Human Factor Safety Information sheets are intended to explore Human Factors specific to the industrial and medical gases industry, raise awareness on these issues, and provide guidance.

Alarm management is an issue for any site or process where there is reliance on human response to an alarm to prevent or control incidents, as well as major accident hazards. Alarm management is relevant to:

  • simple sites as well as complex operating facilities;
  • sites with a small number of alarms, for example simple storage sites or cylinder filling site;
  • sites with a single control room with a DCS (distributed control system) such as an acetylene plant or stand-alone air separation plant;
  • Remote Operating Centres (ROC) from which multiple distant facilities are controlled.

This Human Factors Safety Information sheet gives an overview of the various aspects to consider and provides an assessment checklist. Although the Human Factors Safety Information sheets are aimed primarily at supervisors and managers, they may be of benefit to others who work within our industry.

This is a revision of the Safety Information sheet published in 2009 and has been revised to include latest knowledge and good practices.