• Mission

    Operating teams empowered and enabled to proactively manage their plants to maximize safety and minimize environmental impact while allowing the processes to be pushed to their optimal limits.

  • Definition

    A detailed definition of what an abnormal situation is and how it relates to process operations.

  • Challenges

    The challenges facing the industry in handling abnormal situations. These are described in the context of the anatomy of a catastrophic incident.

  • Sources

    A discussion of the key sources or causes of abnormal situations, including people and work context factors, equipment factors, and process factors.

  • Impact

    A discussion of the disruptive and financial impact of abnormal situations on the chemical processing industry.


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  • The ASM Consortium Records More Than 1000 Incidents Globally In 2013

    To create awareness about the serious nature of process safety incidents, the ASM Consortium continues to track and record incidents and accidents happening globally. In 2013, we recorded more than 1000 incidents on our website. The incidents list is not all inclusive but provides a comprehensive list of global incidents affecting process industries as reported in the media. The ASM Consortium has been archiving such incidents since 2008.
  • The ASM® Consortium Releases a 2nd Edition of Its HMI Design Guidelines

    The ASM Consortium has released a 2nd edition of its display design guidelines under the new name “Effective Console Operator HMI Design Practices”. The ASM Consortium revised the display design guidelines after a span of 5 years, following its first ‘Effective Operator Display Design Guidelines’ published in 2008. The 2nd edition is revised based on the ASM Consortium’s user members’ current best practices, recommendation from recent ASM Consortium research, feedback from display design experts, and technology advances in the area of Human Machine Interface (HMI). The new edition has revised and consolidated the number of guidelines to a total of 64, compared to 81 guidelines in the previous edition, and more than 50% of the guidelines are revised. In addition, the new edition contains a new section on HMI design philosophy and a new appendix summarizing results from an HMI design case study.
  • The ASM Consortium Aligns its Last Quarterly Meeting with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Symposium.

    The ASM Consortium's last Quarterly Review Meeting (QRM) of the year was successfully concluded in October hosted by Mary Kay O’Connor (MKO) Process Safety Centre in parallel with their annual 2013 International Symposium, Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature. This gave the ASM Consortium members an opportunity to interact and listen to the global process safety experts, when not in the QRM sessions. Operating Company Members and Honeywell Customers participating in this event included: BP, Sasol, Phillips66, Total, ExxonMobil, and Shell.
  • The ASM Consortium Has A New Director, Tom Williams.

    Tom Williams of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has been appointed as the new Director of the ASM Consortium, replacing Peggy Hewitt who retired. Tom is a chemical engineer and has 35 years of experience in R&D, product development, process design & automation, and operator effectiveness. Prior to HPS, Tom worked with Mobil Oil, Mobil Chemical, and Honeywell Performance Materials and Technology. He currently leads the Operator Effectiveness Center of Excellence at HPS.
  • ”The ASM Consortium is an acknowledged thought-leader in our industry. It uses rigorous scientific methods to evaluate new concepts and test potential solutions in Members’ operations. The potential to reduce incidents and improve operations is enormous. I look forward to working with our Members to continue the good work that has been done in Operator Effectiveness and accelerate the impact of our findings throughout our industry. Our Members are industry leaders who are committed to process safety and are also typically early adopters of new technology.”
  • Cognitive Issues Associated with Process Safety

    The 2012 report no. 460 published by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP), is intended to raise awareness of the important contribution that cognitive issues can have to process safety and environmental incidents. The document summarizes some of these issues and sets out recommendations to improve their management within the industry.

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