ASM Consortium discusses best practices for safe and effective plant operation


By Plant Services Staff

Feb 09, 2012

The ASM Consortium (, a group of leading companies and universities dedicated to the research and development of solutions optimizing the industrial control environment, recently conducted an Operations Outreach Seminar demonstrating how to keep people and plants safe. The event provided attendees with a better understanding of effective abnormal situation management practices in plant operation.

The ASM Consortium’s one-day seminar attracted plant and operations leaders, Health Safety Environment (HSE) managers and other industry executives, who were challenged to consider the operations integrity of their plant and identify factors that may be contributing to near misses and abnormal situations. ASM member speakers included Jason Laberge, principal scientist, Honeywell Laboratories; Peter Bullemer, senior partner, Human Centered Solutions; and Anand Tharanathan, principal investigator for the ASM. Presentation topics ranged from safety culture, human factors and procedures, to operator situation awareness, operator competency and alarm management. Several member organizations also described how they have benefited by deploying ASM practices in their plants. 

The Consortium aims at improving safety, reliability and efficiency in process plants by combining plant experience with human factor engineering and the latest technologies.  Members of the consortium, which include industrial manufacturers, vendors and universities, meet quarterly to discuss current research and development activities and share what each company has learned about how to reduce or mitigate abnormal situations.

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