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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
Widely Anticipated ISA Alarm Management Draft Nears Committee Ballot
Research Triangle Park, NC (16 September 2008) – After evaluating a record 760 review comments from industry experts, the ISA18 standards committee on Instrument Signals and Alarms plans one final review cycle prior to submitting draft ISA-18.00.02 for committee ballot by the end of the year.
The draft, “Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries,” has been the main focus for the ISA18 committee this year – eliciting a whopping 2,500+ comments in the last 12 months from end users, vendors, and other process industry professionals.
This outpouring of interest and input is no surprise to ISA18 co-chair Nick Sands of DuPont. “The processes and practices in this lifecycle approach to alarm management will benefit any process plant,” he points out. “Implementation of the standard, when complete, will help users understand the elements of alarm management from philosophy and rationalization to monitoring and audit. The committee plans to issue technical reports with guidance on how to complete these activities.”
The ISA18 committee’s next meeting is 13 October 2008 in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with ISA EXPO 2008 (www.isa.org/expo). For more information about ISA18 or any of ISA’s standards activities, visit www.isa.org/standards or call (919) 549-8411.
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