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.  

Calibration of gas flow, gas volume, speed and amount of substance gases equipment

The gas and flow laboratory is undergoing development to bring greater dynamics to all services provided. The laboratory is accredited by IPAC – the national entity member of EA (European Cooperation for Accreditation) to perform calibration in the following equipment: Gas volume and flow  Domestic and industrial gas meters Flowmeters Wet gas meters Anemometers Amount of material Gas analysers (CO; CO2; NO; NO2; SO2; O2; H2S; CH4; C3H8) Certifications of gaseous mixtures (CO; CO2; C3H8; O2)  
Remnant life assessment (RLA)

Remnant life assessment (RLA)

Remnant life assessment of industrial equipment is an approach developed in Europe in the 1990s and adopted by ISQ since then. This approach focuses on qualitative and quantitative methodologies with a view to estimate as precisely as possible the remaining life of equipment subject to cumulative degradation, including fluency, corrosion, fatigue (high and low cycle) and erosion, among others. With this technology new techniques were developed to estimate the remaining useful life using calculation methods and metallurgic indicators on the progress of degradation and damage to the material. ISQ, as pioneering entity in the use of this technology, has the added capacity to provide services by using different techniques and calculations methods to estimate the remaining useful life. The application of this technology requires deep knowledge of the mechanisms of degradation and its evolution on different materials according to the operating conditions equipment is submitted to. This technology is applied essentially to pressure equipment and subjected to high temperatures, e.g. equipment in the energy, oil & gas, pulp and paper industries, among others. This service may be provided separately under consultancy or integrated in projects of extension of useful life of equipment.  

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  
Occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety

Industrial hygiene Assessment and control of workers' exposure to physical, chemical and biological agents in industrial establishments, workshops, warehouses and laboratories Assessment studies on occupational exposure are performed on the basis of international reference documents and international and portuguese standards (ex: NIOSH; OSHA; HSE; AIHA; NP 1796:2007). Chemical agents  Qualitative risk assessment - identification of chemical agents in the work environment and assessment of the risk arising from the presence of these agents, based on their toxicological and physical properties  Quantitative risk assessment of chemical agents - dust, fibres, gases, vapours, aerosols and smoke Physical agents Assessment of thermal comfort according with ISO 7730 Assessment of thermal stress, with calculation of WBGT index, according with ISO 7243 Assessment of exposure to artificial optical radiation Assessment of exposure to electromagnetic fields, particularly ionising and non-ionising radiation Assessment of lighting levels  Biological agents Assessment of exposure to biological agents, with identification of risk groups. Indoor air quality assessment Assessment of indoor air quality in buildings and non-residential autonomous fractions involving regular safety inspection of the HVAC system and measurement of chemical, physical and biological parameters (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), ozone, formaldehyde, PM10, radon, bacteria, fungi, legionella, temperature, humidity, air speed, air flow rates, number of renewals, efficiency of ventilation and pressure differential, in order to check under pressure or overpressure of rooms).  Assessment of thermal comfort and stress Thermal comfort assessment based on ISO 7730:2005 and proposal of appropriate technical solutions to each case. Thermal stress assessment based on WBGT index (Wet Bulb Globe Temperature), according to ISO 7243. Radiological protection program Development of radiological protection programs in companies that have radioactive sources, and definition of actions to develop regarding protection against ionizing radiation. Classification of clean rooms Classification of clean rooms based on ISO 14644.  
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.  
Temperature and humidity testing

Temperature and humidity testing

Accredited laboratory to perform testing in the areas of temperature and humidity. Test and characterization equipment Ovens/Incubators/Refrigerators/Chest freezers/Freezing chambers/ (-197 to 350 ºC) Vacuum ovens / liquid baths (-197 to 180 ºC) Climatic chambers (-50 to 180 °C / 5 to 98 %RH) Climatic test room/wharehouse (environmental conditions) Calibrators ovens (-197 to 1500 °C) Thermocycler/heated blocks (35 to 450 ºC) Dry block heaters (-100 to 1500 ºC) Muffle furnace (100 to 1200 °C) Qualification climatic chambers (pharmaceutical), refrigerators, refrigerated vehicles (-80 to 20 °C) Climatic test room/Refrigeration chamber/Hospitals freeze/Ultra-low temperature freezers (-80 to 0 °C) Cell preservation tanks (-196 ºC) Sterilization autoclaves (0 to 140 °C / 0 to 2.5 bar abs.) Centrifugal machines, testing of temperature and rotation (1 to 30000 rpm) Timers - determination of time between occurrences T ≥ 0.5 s  
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.

Electrical equipment testing and component reliability

Electric equipment testing covered by the Low Voltage Directive according to the European Standards which assumes its compliance with the essential safety requirements. Performance of this kind of testing is one of the pre-conditions for CE marking, within the scope of safety of electric equipment and its sale in the European Economic region. Testing to monitoring and support to manufacturers in the validation of all stages of product from specifications through to review testing and product inspection. 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. Reliability testing of components or sub-assemblies in the electric and electronics field, automotive and aerospace. In-service electric equipment testing Testing and measurement of electrical equipment and instrumentation in operation, checking its legal and regulation compliance, maintenance and safety conditions in the electric engineering and instrumentation area. Insulation resistance and dielectric strength Checking transformers processing ratio (TPR) TT and TI processing ratio Circuit-breakers up to 600 A Direct and indirect relays Resistance of earth connection and continuity of earth connection Differential protections Power load testing of emergency generators with resistive loads up to 300 kW Checking the status of each element of the battery Checking the condition of system capacitors of power factor correction Measurement of the contact resistance of the contacts of the poles of isolators and circuit-breakers Direct and indirect relays Measurement of currents, voltages, power and other ratios Thermographic examinations Field instruments Measurement and control loops Electric safety and performance testing of different appliances Transformers (EN 61558 series) Switches for appliances (EN 61058 series) Control devices (EN 60730 series) Electronic equipment (EN 60065) Electrical equipment for industrial use (EN 60204 series) Household, commercial and similar appliances (EN 60335 series) Information technology equipment (EN 60950 series) Light sources, including lighting appliances or luminaires (EN 60598 series) Low-voltage switchgear and control gear for electrical installations - sockets and connectors (IEC 60884, NP EN 1260, EN 50075 standards), installation switches (EN 60669 series), connection devices (EN 60998 series), boxes and enclosures (EN 60670 series) Welding machines (EN 60974 series) Electric low voltage switchboards (EN 61439 series) Laboratory equipment (EN 61010) Fire detection and fire alarm systems (EN 54 series) Intrusion detection systems (EN 50131 series) IP index of protection of enclosures (EN 60529) Reliability testing of components Reliability testing of components or sub-assemblies in the electric and electronics field, automotive and aerospace. Durability testing of assemblies and components, ensuring at the same time monitoring of different parameters (electrical, mechanical, etc.). Cold and dry heat (EN 60068-2-1, EN 60068-2-2) Damp heat (EN 60068-2-30, EN 60069-2-78) Heat and temperature cyclic (EN 60068-2-38) Ageing combining different cycles of temperature and humidity Saline mist (EN 60068-2-11, EN 60068-2-52) Thermal shock and temperature variation (EN 60068-2-14) Exposure to dust (EN 60529, EN 60068-2-68) Leak tightness (EN 60529) Drop (EN 60068-2-31, EN 60068-2-32) Low pressure and dry heat (EN 60068-2-41) Ozone Fluency Solar radiation and rain (EN 60068-2-5, EN 60068-2-9) Power pumping, cyclical twisting Sinusoidal vibration, random and shock in 3 axes, combined with cycles of temperature and humidity (EN 60068-2-6, EN 60068-2-27, EN 60068-2-53, EN 60068-2-64) Resistance to chemical agents Mechanical and electrical endurance Assessment tests of mechanical resistance to impact  
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 in the areas of mass

Calibration in the areas of mass, volume and force

The Laboratory of Mass, Volume and Force is accredited by the IPAC  – the national entity member of EA (European Cooperation for Accreditation) to perform calibrations in the following equipment. Mass OIML masses Unclassified masses   Weighing instruments Volume Micropipettes Dispensers Piston burettes Laboratory glassware Force Dynamometers Force proving rings Tension and/or compression testing machines Torque wrenches Torque meters  
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.  
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  
Metrological verification in the areas of mass and force

Metrological verification in the areas of mass and force

Qualified Laboratory to perform metrological verifications of weighing and mass machines and of strength testing machines.
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  
Assessment tests on polymeric materials and packages

Assessment tests on polymeric materials and packages

The assessment tests on polymeric materials and packages are performed to do their quality control, through the analysis of defects, dimensional control, superficial analysis and polymeric material identification. Metallographic tests Micrographic characterization of the material and verification of the existence of defects through optical microscopy. Surface analysis The observation of surfaces, high magnifications, is performed through the technique of scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Additionally, the scanning electron microscope (SEM) has an energy dispersive microanalysis system (EDS), which allows to determinate local chemical composition and, thus, identify the type of heterogeneities observed in the surfaces analysed. Polymeric material identification Identification of the functional groups or chemical bonds for definition of the polymer type of polymeric materials and packages, using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).