• 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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  • Aug 23- A pipe malfunction is reportedly behind a powerful explosion that was felt throughout the parish and caused a fire at the Diamond Green Diesel Refinery in Norco in early August.
  • Aug 22- Willis has estimated that a fire and explosion at an Argentinian tank farm this year has cost the downstream energy industry $180mn in physical damage (PD) alone.
  • Aug 20- The US Chemical Safety Board released a technical evaluation report on tubing samples taken from the Tesoro refinery in Martinez, California, concluding that a sulfuric acid spill on February 12, 2014, resulted from insufficient tightening between a tube and a compression joint.
  • Aug 15- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new a criminal investigation into a chemical spill in Monett, Mo. from a wastewater facility operated by Tyson Foods. If the EPA charges Tyson Foods, the company could face fines and loss of lucrative government contracts.
  • Aug 15- The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes.
  • This year the ASM® Consortium is celebrating 20 years of its thought leadership in the industry. As part of the 20th year celebration the ASM logo has been revised to reflect its strong leadership in the field of process safety for 20 years. The seven diamonds in the logo represents the seven practice disciplines of the ASM Consortium – Understanding, Organizational, Knowledge, Communications, Procedures, Work Environment and Monitoring.
  • ‘Creating an ASM-Compliant HMI…’ – The most read article on Control Engineering

    In June, one of the top most read articles on ControlEng.com was ‘Creating an ASM-compliant HMI goes deeper than screen color selection’. The article was authored by Dr. Peter Bullemer and Dr. Dal Vernon Reising of Human Centered Solutions, an associate member of the ASM Consortium. The article focuses on implementation of a holistic HMI framework to achieve ASM compliance that supports proactive operator situation awareness and effective interaction, rather than only applying grey scale to existing displays. It also highlights the significant changes to the newly revised ASM guidelines document ‘Effective Console Operator HMI Design Practices’. The goal of following the new ASM guideline is to achieve a compliant holistic HMI framework that maximizes console operator effectiveness.
  • This year the ASM® Consortium is celebrating 20 years of its thought leadership in the industry. The ASM Consortium grew out of a grassroots effort begun in 1989 by Honeywell’s Alarm Management Task Force to address Alarm Floods. Honeywell spearheaded the development of a proposal to the US NIST, Advanced Technology Program to form a Joint Research & Development Consortium. The proposal sought to address the challenging problem of abnormal situation management. In preparing for this proposal effort, Honeywell and its collaborators created the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Joint Research and Development Consortium (referred to as ASMC) under the U.S .Cooperative Research and Development Act. In November 1994, the ASM research joint venture received $16.6 million in funding for a three year study program, including $8.1 million from ATP and industry cost-sharing of $8.5 million.
  • Honeywell hosts the first 2014 QRM at their Houston Office

    The first QRM of 2014 was successfully concluded in April at Honeywell’s Houston office. The QRM attendees who are the operating company members and Honeywell customers- BP, Sasol, Phillips66, Total, ExxonMobil, and Shell discussed the 2014 research proposals and also participated in a workshop to understand the change management practices in deploying ASM HMI guidelines in plant operations.
  • 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.

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