ASM Consortium Releases Abnormal Procedural Guidelines

June 10, 2010 – The Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium has released the third in its series of best-practice publications based on 15 years of research in the prevention of abnormal situations. Effective Procedural Practices is written for operations managers, operators, process engineers, training personnel, and safety and reliability engineers tasked with the development of safe operating procedures or procedure management practices and policies within their organization. It details best practices designed to produce consistently usable procedures and ensure that process operators can use procedures effectively in both normal and abnormal situations.

Written and developed by the ASM Consortium, a group of leading companies and universities, the publication is a compilation of field-proven end-user philosophies, processes and best practices identified by subject matter experts. The research details how well-designed procedures can help plant operators reduce the incidence of abnormal situations through improved awareness and consistency of execution. It provides guidance for developing a culture around procedure management that includes procedure development practices, management of change, operator training, and metrics for continuous improvement.

These guidelines are designed to help manufacturers comply with requirements such as OSHA’s Process Safety Management Regulations pertaining to operating procedures.

About the ASM Consortium
The Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium is a group of leading companies and universities involved with process industries that jointly invested over $50M in research and development to create knowledge, tools and products to ensure safe, reliable and efficient process operations.