Training at Locations that Suit You

We can run our training courses at one of our classroom centres, onsite at your premises or online through virtual tuition.

Please contact us to discuss which option best suits your requirements.

  • 31st October 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 20th June 2023
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Alarm Systems Management is a concise one-day training course aimed at helping prevent accidents similar to the explosion and fires at the Milford Haven refinery in the UK in 1994. This serious incident injured twenty six people, caused damage of the order of €50 million and resulted in the loss of a large amount of production.

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.

eemua-alarm-systems-managment-guide-200The 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 >>

Leading Tutor

Dr. Andy Brazier

Risk Consultant Specialising in Human Factors and Process Safety (AB Risk) and Wilde Risk Management Associate

Andy is a key associate for Wilde Analysis ltd. He has a chemical engineering degree, PhD and vast experience having worked as a consultant since 1996. Andy’s consultnancy company AB Risk Limited was set up in 2005 and has been accepted as a Registered Consultancy by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF).

Using his combination of engineering background and consultancy skills Andy assists companies to manage their risks in a sensible and cost-effective way. He works mainly in hazardous industries including the oil, gas, chemical, power and steel manufacture. With a few projects in other industries including air traffic control, food and drink, financial and waste.

Andy’s combination of academic learning and practical experience; engineering and human factors knowledge has enabled him to provide helpful and effective risk management recommendations to a range of clients in the UK, Europe and Middle East, including; Shell, BP, Centrica, Scottish and Southern Energy, Flogas, Millennium Chemicals, Tata Steel, Corus, Ensus, Lucite, Ineos, Maersk, Petrofac, Siemens, Huntsman, Veolia, Pfizer, Dragon LNG, Novartis, ConocoPhilips, Dow Corning, Kemira, OMV, Qatar Gas, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Saudi Aramco. Also with projects deployed from the Arctic circle through to Australia.

On top of Andy’s learning & practical experiences, Andy has completed offshore survival training including Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET) & Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST).

As a member of the editorial panel for the Loss Prevention Bulletin Andy regularly writes articles for the publication.

Andy is also the primary author of the recently published third edition of EEMUA 201 – Control Rooms: A guide to their specification, design, commissioning, and operation.

Who Should Attend?

Managers, designers, supervisors and operators.


1 Day

The course commences at 9:00am and finishes at approximately 5:00pm.

Course Fee

First booking: £750

Additional bookings: £700

EEMUA Members: £700

Includes lunch and refreshments.

Online Training Option

An online course is also available. Please contact us for details including online prices.

Registration / Further Information

We can also run this course on a date of your choosing or as a bespoke course. Please let us know if you are interested in this option.


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Training at Locations that Suit You

We can run our training courses at one of our classroom centres, onsite at your premises or online through virtual tuition. Please contact us to discuss which option best suits your requirements.

Classroom Training Facilities

Manchester Area Whitworth House 28 Charles Street Stockport SK1 3JR Cambridge Church Farm Barn 15 High Street Longstanton Cambridge CB24 3BP    



  • 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
  • Final Questions

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Feedback from Previous Attendees

The tutor was very knowledgeable and engaging. Orano Projects  

A great introductory course, going back with loads of ideas and plansy. Southern Water 

A fantastic course – informative material explained in a helpful & engaging way. Severn Trent Water 

Excellent well-paced course. Well presented. Total UK 

Good course, has given me ideas on the direction we need to move our alarm management sytem/procedures. Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery

The course was delivered at the right pace & covered all the areas that will benefit the management of alarms at NIBSC. National Institute for Biological Standards and Control

I enjoyed the course due to its interactive nature. I was able to correlate my ideas and find answers to my queries. Total UK

Very comprehensive and pitched at right level for me. Exellent. Northern Gas Networks 

Has provided me with a good overview of EEMUA 191 and understanding of a good ASM. Givaudan UK 

Great introduction to alarms in complex systems. Health & Safety Executive (Bootle)

Interesting content, the tutor gave an overview of what is the situation in other plants and industries which is quite useful. LyondellBasell (Milton Keynes) 

Good pace and Andy was very knowledgeable about the theory and practice.  Fujifilm Imaging Colorants Ltd

A really useful course to broaden my existing knowledge on the subject matter. Centrica Storage (Hedon)

Would thoroughly recommend to those involved in the design and review of alarm systems in a major accident hazard environment/industry. Health & Safety Executive (Aberdeen)

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