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HP Viewpoint: Improve safety and performance: Abnormal Situation Management Consortium celebrates 20 years

This October and November represent two milestones in the process industries. The first is unfortunate: Twenty-five years ago, on October 23, 1989, a major polyethylene plant on the Houston Ship Chann..

Williams, T., Abnormal Situation Management Consortium

This October and November represent two milestones in the process industries. The first is unfortunate: Twenty-five years ago, on October 23, 1989, a major polyethylene plant on the Houston Ship Channel (Pasadena, Texas) suffered a devastating series of fires and explosions which killed 23 and wounded 314. The second milestone was the founding of the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium (ASMC), which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in November. At the time of the disaster, an alarm management task force of petrochemical producers convened by Honeywell had already been meeting to discuss means of reducing alarm overload. The accident galvanized the group to examine the broader issue

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