Alarm philosophy technical report supports ISA-18 standard

  • June 01, 2018
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

ANSI/ISA-18.2, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries, has found wide and growing global use across the process industry sectors in improving the development, design, installation, and management of alarm systems. To aid in understanding and applying the standard, the ISA18 standards development committee has developed a comprehensive series of ISA technical reports over the last several years.

The latest technical report in that series, ISA-TR18.2.1, Alarm Philosophy, provides guidance on how to implement the recommendations and requirements described in the alarm philosophy clause of the standard. It outlines potential approaches and provides specific examples that can be included in an alarm philosophy in order to properly manage the identification, rationalization, detailed design, implementation, operations, maintenance, monitoring and assessment, management of change, and audit lifecycle steps. Like the standard itself, the new technical report is intended for those who (a) manufacture or implement embedded alarm systems; (b) manufacture or implement third-party alarm system software; (c) design or install alarm systems; (d) operate and/or maintain alarm systems; or (e) audit or assess alarm system performance.

For information on viewing or obtaining ANSI/ISA-18.2-2016, ISA-TR18.2.1-2018, and the additional supporting technical reports, visit For information on ISA18, contact Charley Robinson, ISA Standards, .

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