One of the causes of many major process industry disasters is that panel operators are confronted with an overload in alarms during a serious process upset situation. Tom Ayral of Key Control explains what alarm management is about. The first steps are no rocket science: removing unnecessary alarms and reviewing the priorities and setpoints. Having done the basics, next steps in alarm management involve the installation of expert systems, which provide the panel operator with suggestions based on the true condition of the plant and will be able to handle groups of alarms rather than individual ones.