Alarm Systems Management

Next scheduled online course: 18th & 19th May as 2 x 3-hour sessions 1.30pm – 4.30pm each day.

The tuition sessions provide simple and practical guidance on how to recognise and deal with typical human-factor problems involving alarm systems. Its scope covers many sectors, including the energy, process, transport and utilities industries.

The tuition is aligned with EEMUA 191, the globally accepted and leading guide to good practice for all aspects of alarm systems, issued by the EEMUA (Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association) >. This publication, developed by users of alarm systems with input from the HSE, gives comprehensive guidance on design, management and procurement.

Participants can purchase a copy of the book recommended by the HSE – “Alarm Systems, A Guide to Design, Management and Procurement, EEMUA Publication No. 191” from the EEMUA shop here >


On-site Courses


Live Courses: 1 Day - Course commences at 9:00am and finishes at approximately 5:00pm.

Course Fee

Live Courses

First booking: £545
Additional bookings: £490
EEMUA Members: £490
Includes lunch and refreshments

Online Courses


Online Courses: Split into 2 sessions of 3 hours

Course Fee

Online Courses: Please complete the form opposite or contact us for online training prices, including discounts for multiple delegates and courses.


Registration / Further Information

Please contact us to discuss if this course is suitable for your requirements and to book your place(s). Simply:

Who Should Attend?

Managers, designers, supervisors and operators

Course Agenda


  • How the HSE Expects Alarm Systems to be Managed
  • Alarm System Management Policy
  • Safety Case

Core Principles of Alarm System Management

  • Philosophy of Alarm System Management

Alarm System Design Overview

  • Human Factors
  • Structuring and Partitioning of Alarms
  • Limits on claims for Safety Integrity Level (SIL)

Design Process

  • Where do Alarms Come From?
  • Safety, Environmental or Economic Alarms
  • Qualitative Risk Assessment
  • Choice of Alarm Priorities
  • Alarm Settings

Procurement of Alarm Systems

  • Investment Appraisal
  • Cost of Poor Alarms Performance
  • Specifications to Ensure Usability

Measuring Performance

  • Syndicate Exercises and Surveys
  • Performance Metrics
  • Audits and Reviews

Managing an Improvement Programme

  • Dealing with Unwanted Alarms
  • Logical Processing of Alarms
  • Repeating and Fleeting Alarms

HAZOP and Alarms

  • Alarms in Context
  • Preparations and Boundaries
  • Operator Interface
  • Alarm Suppression Hazard Study

Wrap Up

  • Roadmaps


Training Services Overview >

Registration / Further Information