Industrial safety

Risk management ISQ offers risk management of projects to minimize threats and impacts on the project resulting from fortuitous occurrences. On the other hand it takes opportunities that may arise to meet or reduce deadlines and costs, to improve quality and safety and to identify opportunities for improvement and compliance with ISO 31000. Assessment of professional risks Assessment of professional risks involves a methodical analysis, based on the principle of "Company Knowledge" thus enabling ISQ to comply with the Labour Code and to ensure both safety and health of its workers, based on OHSAS 18001 and NP 4397 standards. Organisation of safety and health in the workplace systems ISQ is an ACT accredited body for the Organization of Services of Safety in the Workplace, to prevent occupational risks and to promote and monitor the health of workers. Seveso Directive Support in the compliance with the requirements set out in the Seveso Directive for businesses where dangerous substances are present and on risk analysis in "Seveso establishments". Forensic analysis ISQ provides technical expertise, for both individuals and companies (insurance companies, expert technical work companies, etc.) and judicial authorities, along with research of accidents at work, using the most appropriate methodology, particularly RCA (Root Cause Analysis).  Safety adviser for transportation of dangerous goods Support as safety adviser for companies whose activities are operations of road transportation of dangerous goods, packaging operations, cargo, filling or discharge connected with this kind of transport, developing diagnosis activities, advice and implementation of appropriate measures.  
ISQ Certification - gas networks contractors and welders

ISQ Certification - gas networks contractors and welders

This training course gives access to the Portuguese certifications and license of Gas Networks Contractor, and Copper and Polyethylene Piping Welder. Participants will be able to: Design gas networks, in accordance with the legislation, and to identify the assorted equipment and accessories in a network Perform welds in copper and polyethylene and to assess its quality Within the scope of this course, it is possible to design specific modules taking into account the areas the participant wishes to be granted accreditation in: Gas contractor Participants will acquire knowledge about: Legislation related to gas networks Utilisation of different type of networks Correctly perform the installation of a gas network under guidance of a gas senior technician Gas welder Participants will be able to perform welds in copper and polyethylene and to further assess its quality. Copper Participants will be able to master the methods of copper welding, handling of copper pipes and fittings and will know what the criteria for acceptance of welding are and will know how to correctly perform welds in copper piping. Polyethylene Participants will be able to know welding methods in polyethylene (butt weld and electro-weld), handling and storage of pipes and fittings in polyethylene and will have sufficient knowledge on criteria of  welding acceptance and will be able to correctly perform welding in polyethylene piping.  

Inspection of bridges and viaducts

ISQ has vast experience in the area of technical inspections of bridges and viaducts in concrete, steel and mixed or masonry. Either at the level of construction, inspection in operation, improvement or renovation, ISQ supported by a large team of skilled human resources and state of the art equipment and accredited laboratories provides a set of services able to satisfy all the client's needs. ISQ expertise Management of construction works Routine inspections Inspections and materials' characterisation tests Assessment of condition and state of degradation of existing works Solutions for improvement, repair or replacement of components Inspection and quality control of renovation works  On-line monitoring  Construction supervision    
Construction inspection of industrial equipment and installations

Construction inspection of industrial equipment and installations

Construction inspection of industrial mechanical or electrical equipment and installations is one of the traditional services provided by ISQ. ISQ provides inspection of stand-alone equipment or complete industrial installations to check the manufacture and assembly of new equipment or to perform maintenance of units in-service. Construction inspection of industrial equipment and installations in-service to check the compliance with technical specifications and applicable regulations to ascertain the preservation status of these units, to predict its remaining useful life and to establish repair or replacement programs in a more cost-effective way and with minimum impact on production. ISQ expertise Project review based on construction codes or standards and regulations Reception of materials Design or approval of inspection and testing plans  Qualification of both staff and operational methods Monitoring of both manufacturing and assembly Non-destructive control Testing supervision  Inspection of anticorrosive protection Design of maintenance plans Periodic inspection and assessment of the status of both equipment and installations in-service Remaining life assessment (RLA) Risk-based inspection (RBI) Design of repair specifications Monitoring of shutdowns for maintenance of industrial installations On-line monitoring Support to licensing  
Dimensional equipment calibration

Dimensional equipment calibration, roughness and hardness

ISQ dimensional metrology laboratory develops new techniques and testing, calibration and measurement solutions. It performs also calibrations on the following equipment: Callipers Internal and external Micrometers, of two point, three point and depth Dial gauge Measuring, plane and bevelled rods Gauge blocks Standard wires   Settings standards Optical glass  Plug and ring gauges: plain or threaded Surfaces in granite and steel Gaps/ray/screw verifiers Levels  Universal bevel protractor Squares Test Sieves Thickness gages Roughness standards  Periphery tapes Scales 3D Measuring machines Hardness testers Measuring columns  Profile projector Extensometer Measuring banks Tool machines  Speed  
Condition assessment of equipment and installations in-service

Condition assessment of equipment and installations in-service

ISQ offers a comprehensive set of technical inspection services, providing customers detailed technical information on the state/condition of their facilities and equipment. ISQ expertise Compliance with legal and regulatory requirements Conditions of installation and/or operation State of maintenance and/or degradation Conditions of safety of personnel and/or infrastructure, facilities and equipment ISQ interventions, in functional assessment of facilities and equipment, are generally complemented by other technical subjects, such as civil construction, mechanical, dynamic equipment, etc.  
Dimensional testing and measurement of components

Dimensional testing and measurement of components

The Dimensional Laboratory seeks to develop new techniques and solutions of testing and calibrations, using highly qualified technical staff and capable equipment and always trying to keep modern, optimised laboratory premises, duly prepared for calibration and measurement operations, to achieve the best results. The laboratory performs measurement of components (assorted moulds), among others parts in the different sectors of the industry. We perform also digitalisation of parts for further comparison purposes with the help of CAD or for reverse engineering purposes.
Inspection of HVAC networks and ventilation systems

Inspection of HVAC networks and ventilation systems

ISQ performs inspections of HVAC systems, cold/heat and ventilation in households, services buildings and industrial units. HVAC Inspections of both comfort and process HVAC systems in buildings and industrial units, checking its compliance with both processes and comfort status. Cold/heat Inspections of cold and/or heat production systems in buildings and industrial units, checking its compliance with both process and comfort status, in particularly on cold storage systems for perishable products, using cold fluid production systems or direct expansion systems, heat pumps, heat transfer fluids generators, boilers. Ventilation Technical inspection of ventilation systems in households and in service buildings or in industrial plants and warehouses to check their correct installation, analysis of operating problems and energy consumption, as well as calculation of air flows, insufflation and/or extraction.
Calibration of optical and topographic equipment

Calibration of optical and topographic equipment

The Laboratory of Optic Metrology is the only accredited laboratory in Portugal for equipment calibration in the fields of photometric and topography. We perform calibration of the following equipment: Photometric Lux meters Luminance meters Colour meters Spectrophotometer and optic filters Optical fibres Optical power measurers Wavelength measurers Laser sources Optic attenuators Optic spectrum analysers and time-domain optic reflection measurement unit (OTDR). Topography Theodolite Total stations EDM's Optical levels Rotating laser levels Non-accredited services Collimators Distance meters Invar rods Topographical sight Laser levels  
ISQ Certification - steel piping welder

ISQ Certification - steel piping welder

This training course gives access to the license of steel piping welder. Participants will be able  to: Update and improve their technical skills as to welding of gas steel piping, via SER and TIG processes along with further skills as to equipment, consumables and its applications Assess the defects in welding, deformations and warpage  
Cathodic protection

Cathodic protection

ISQ offers inspection, auditing services and monitoring of cathodic protection systems for the mitigation of corrosion on underground or submerged structures. ISQ adopted an effective and accurate approach to performance and control of these systems. Economically feasible, it reduces repairs costs and allows for early diagnosis. We use remote monitoring and control technology which does not require regular on-site visits to assess the existence of interference and further enables early detection of faults and malfunctions, thus saving time and resources. ISQ offers cathodic protection modeling to make a local diagnosis of the level of protection as well as assessment of eventual changes to the system such as introduction of localized damages to coating, interference with other structures, estimating the condition of perishable components of the system - coating and/or anodes, enabling an effective and appropriate corrective action. ISQ expertise Design of cathodic protection systems Implementation of systems of cathodic protection On-site or remote monitoring of relevant parameters Inspection and diagnosis of existing systems, in particular with regard to measurement of potential, coatings condition (DCVG and CIPS) Optimizing the performance of the systems Environment characterization which equipment are exposed to (resistivity of the medium and physical-chemical characteristics)  
Inspection and reception of materials and equipment

Inspection and reception of materials and equipment

The inspection and approval of materials and equipment in shop and on-site minimizes the possibility of materials and/or equipment not complying with technical specifications (building codes, standards, specifications of project and applicable legislation). Decreases the risks that can lead to a reduction in the expected lifecycle and costs, as well as the possibility of accidents with adverse consequences for the personnel and environment and thus reducing social impact or material losses (delays, losses of production, repairing and increase of insurance premiums). Provision of these services is done in the context of new constructions, repairing and maintenance either for civil, electrical or mechanical sectors. These services aim at to confirm that materials and equipment meet the requirements of the purchase order establishing their condition upon reception (conservation status, damage during transportation, etc.). ISQ offers highly experienced and certified personnel with state of the laboratorial support allowing the implementation of the most correct and cost effective technical solutions to overcome any non-conformities detecting during reception of materials and equipment both in shop and on the assembly site.  
Analysis and inspection of supplying networks

Analysis and inspection of supplying networks

Gas networks ISQ, as a gas inspection body accredited by IPAC, the national entity member of EA (European Cooperation for Accreditation), assesses and approves gas installation projects in buildings, offices and industrial premises. Electrical networks Analysis of electrical installation household projects, powered by medium and low tension (transformation posts, premises using electric energy and special installations) and inspection and analysis of projects of instrumentation and control. ISQ has an extensive participation in the accreditation process of electric projects and electrical installations (LV), developed by CERTIEL (Associação Certificadora de Instalações Eléctricas), the Portuguese Certification Body for electrical installations. Telecommunications infrastructures Analysis and inspection of telecommunications infrastructures projects in buildings and urban developments to assess compliance with the technical reference rules.  
Expediting

Expediting

The bigger a Project is and more suppliers exist, more difficult is to guarantee deadlines or milestones. For Project Management, is absolutely essential to know, at every moment, the progress of several orders, either in what concerns production status or quality results, especially those related to the critical project path. ISQ provides Expediting Services giving the Project Managers timely information about compliance with planning, quality status and deliver time forecast and identifying problems, bottlenecks or other facts that can cause potential delays and endanger the success of Project. Based on those services, Project Management becomes able to take preventive or corrective measures to keep the project on schedule or adjust planning in a convenient way.  
Projects and works management

Projects and works management

The concept of projects and works management under construction has been a requirement of the promoters to ensure that the final product complies with the requirements set forth in the project and the requirements of the users, during its useful lifetime. Management of projects requires a balance between scope, time, cost and quality and the promotion of a good relationship with the customer. ISQ Project Management Methodology (PMM) is in line with the PMI (Project Management Institute). This includes the breakdown of the project in phases that constitute its life-cycle, allowing its articulation with ISQ methodologies (described in processes set down in ISO 9001). The project lifecycle is there to define the beginning and end of the project during whose schedule the work is to be done and who should be involved. It describes the set of management areas that ought to be followed to ensure that the project is well managed. Project lifecycle Preparation - recognize, through authorization, that a project must begin and that is should proceed  Planning - define and refine the objectives and the selection of the best alternatives for action in order to achieve the objectives of the project Performance - coordinate resources in order to implement the project as planned. Check that the objectives of the project are being met Closure - formalize the final acceptance of the project and terminate the project in an organized manner The management of projects in accordance with the PMM ISQ identifies and describes the main areas of both management and practices. Each of these areas (9 in total) refers to an aspect to be taken into account in the management of projects. Leaving out one area may negatively affect the project (depending on the size and complexity), considering that a project is always an integrated effort. Areas of management and practices Management of the scope of the project Management of the project schedule  Financial management Quality management Management of resources Management of suppliers Risk management Management of communication Integration management  
Inspection of electric equipment

Inspection of electric equipment

By performing technical inspection ISQ characterizes the status/condition of electric equipment and that of instrumentation and control, maintenance, degradation status and safety conditions. ISQ expertise Checking compliance with applicable standards and regulations Verification of the installation and operation conditions  Assessment of the maintenance and degradation status of electric equipment Equipment covered  Medium and low tension electric meters  Transformers Cut and protection devices, for example: direct and indirect break switches, circuit breakers and direct and indirect relays Electric engines Energy generating groups and uninterrupted energy feeding systems Industrial rectifiers and batteries Condenser battery systems Cathodic protection systems  
Electric and communication cables testing

Electric and communication cables testing

ISQ has its own Laboratory of Electric Cables (accredited laboratory) for assessment of compliance with legal requirements, standards and specifications. ISQ conducts projects of cable testing for certification by third part. This process may involve a product certification body.   ISQ has agreements with the Certification Body CERTIF (Association for the Certification) for swifter certification process which issue the licenses based in the ISQ test reports. ISQ cable laboratory is accepted to operate as laboratory in the HAR Scheme and CB Scheme with CERTIF as Certification Body. Cables with improved characteristics Testing to monitoring and support to manufacturers in the validation of electric cables with improved characteristics, through the performance of the following tests listed below: Burning behaviour testing Testing to determine halogens, corrosiveness of emitted gases Saponification testing Testing to determine carbon black Testing resistance to ozone Ageing tests when before different type of agents (temperature, solar radiation, UV radiation, chemical agents) Thermal stability of constituent materials Toxicity índex Electric power cables Assessment of compliance with the functional characteristics, safety and durability, thereby meeting storage, transportation, installation and use requirements, as set down in standards or contractual documents. Tests of electric energy cables of low voltage up to and including 450 V / 750 V- sets of standards: EN 50525; IEC 60227; IEC 60245 Testing of power cables - series of IEC 60502 standards Testing cables for motor vehicles - ISO 6722; ISO 14572 Cables for electric installations in ships according to IEC 60092-xxx series standards Railway rolling stock power and control cables according to EN 50264, EN 50382 and EN 50355 series Examples of tests Long duration testing of medium voltage cables (two years) Testing resistance under bad weather conditions (solar radiation, UV, thermal shock, rain, etc.) Testing fire behaviour Testing to determine halogens and corrosiveness of emitted gases Saponification testing Testing to determination carbon black Testing resistance to ozone Electrical testing (shockwave 1.2/50ms, industrial frequency voltage, ohmic resistance) Ageing tests when before to different type of agents (temperature, solar radiation, UV radiation, chemical agents) Testing resistance of several types of mechanical actions (flection, shock, bending, stretching, insulation piercing) Thermal stability of constituent materials Testing the quality of cluster settings of cable terminals Water absorption Testing to determine dimensions (thickness, diameters, etc.) Telecommunications and data communications cables Assess compliance of telecommunication and data communication cables with the regulatory standards in force. Testing coaxial cables - series of EN 50117 standard Testing data communication cables  
Reliability studies (RCM)

Reliability studies (RCM)

The ISQ conducts reliability studies on equipment and industrial facilities, thus enabling implementation of optimised maintenance strategies. ISQ expertise RCM study (Reliability Centered Maintenance), Block Diagrams and Weibull Analysis Inventory of assets and their organization according to a hierarchical tree structure or topology depending on the type and characteristics of premises or equipment FEMEA and FMECA analyses Characterization of reference status of equipment  
Inspection and testing of steel cables

Inspection and testing of steel cables

ISQ assess the integrity of steel cables and other materials, anticipating and avoiding risks of failure and accidents caused by uncorrect design, installation and/or use. ISQ expertise Visual inspection, evaluation and assessment of electromagnetic integrity of steel cables (steel cables installed in devices for lifting of loads, ex.: cranes, overhead crane), according to ISO 4309 Visual inspection, evaluation and assessment of electromagnetic integrity of steel cables (steel cables installed in devices for the lifting of persons, ex.: cable cars, ski lifts, funiculars), according to standards EN 12927-6, EN 12927-7 and EN 12927-8 Audits and expert technical assessment Support to the development of inspection procedures and tests Training  Applied to any kind of equipment both on-shore or off-shore incorporating steel cables for sustaining and/or lifting cargo and people. Examples: steel cables installed in flares, bridge cranes, mobile cranes, lifting platforms, elevators, funicular railways, ski lifts, cable cars, etc.  
Assessment of proposals

Assessment of proposals, suppliers and specifications

ISQ offers a multicriteria analysis service for evaluation of proposals and its technical and economic aspects, assessment of suppliers and analysis and review of tender specifications and technical specifications. ISQ uses all its experience and technical capacity in this area, thus assisting companies in complying with the deadlines both as to the implementation of projects and respective budgets. Analysis and assessment of proposals Analysis of proposals, drafting a comparative map and assessment of the work proposed, in accordance with the specifications and standards or international guidelines for the completion of the work in question. Analysis and review of technical specifications Preparation and validation of technical specifications, responding to customers' needs and in accordance with the codes of construction/repair, standards, laws and regulations applicable in the areas: Welding in polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) Installations of air conditioning or HVAC Networks of transportation and distribution of gas and water and sanitation Environment Service contracts of inspection and maintenance Technical specifications and acceptance criteria for materials Audits for the qualification of suppliers Preparation of audit programs covering the entire chain: Search, Selection, Evaluation, Qualification, Monitoring and Development of suppliers, performing the customer only the management of the process.  
Instrumentation and monitoring to evaluate degradation

Instrumentation and monitoring to evaluate degradation

ISQ provides instrumentation and monitoring of equipments and structures to understand the spatial and temporal characteristics of a particular degradation to define corrective measures for their elimination or reduction.