EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users’ Association, has launched the Third Edition of EEMUA 191 ‘Alarm systems: a guide to design, management and procurement.’ Edition 3 of the publication provides revised guidance on designing, managing and procuring an effective alarm system. A chapter on interface management techniques and alarm configuration has been included and new appendices cover alarm suppression; geographically distributed processes; intelligent fault detection; requirements for alarms; and supporting checklists.

Since it was first published in 1999, EEMUA 191 has become the globally accepted guide to good practice for process alarm management. The publication is aimed at all those who are about to embark on, or are currently undertaking, an alarm rationalisation process or any other alarm management project. This includes personnel with responsibility for safety and quality improvement through efficient and effective use of alarm handling systems, or those working directly or indirectly with alarm systems in chemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and other process industries, the energy exploration and generation sector, and related industry sectors.

Commenting on the publication, Clive Tayler, EEMUA’s chief executive said: “A particular strength of EEMUA 191 is that it was developed by the users of alarm systems in industry… it has formed the basis of training courses and has led to the production of related publications, such as EEMUA 201, dealing with human-machine interfaces.”