October 2002

Special Report: Plant Safety and Reliability

Critical situation management – avoid the pitfalls

Guidelines are based on over 50 projects

Ayral, T., INOVx Solutions; Anderson, R. C., Genysm Corporation

In the book Fail Safe by Eugene Burdick, failure of a small electronic component results in a mistaken attack on Russia with an atomic bomb. Today, we attempt to avoid similar catastrophic operating failures in the oil and chemical industries through critical situation management (CSM). CSM is used to avoid major upsets and accidents that may result from equipment failure or operator error. In a recent  e-mail newsletter received from ARC,1 CSM is defined as: "Critical situation management (CSM), sometimes called abnormal condition management or abnormal situation management, is a set of software functions

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