UK & Ireland Featured Project: FT Pipeline Systems - Integrated Management System (1254)

QEM Solutions used their understanding of the water industry to develop a management system that satisfied the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007. QEM Solutions continue to manage and improve the organisations processes both on a corporate and project specific level.

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Overseas Featured Project: Capita Symonds - Valve Inspections

QEM Solutions were contracted to carry 3rd party inspection and witnessing activities on a series of valves fabricated in Germany for a series of SGN contracts throughout Scotland.

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We are problem solvers. We are organisers. From the project start-up to the very final evaluations and analysis, we can bring enthusiasm to each and every part of your project.

We are problem solvers. We are organisers. From the project start-up to the very final evaluations and analysis, we can bring enthusiasm to each and every part of your project.

News Spotlight How long is a piece of string? Competence in the workplace

‘Competence’ is a hazy concept. Many engineering firms now require that all contractors – on top of providing training and qualification records – evaluate the competency of all their staff. That’s a big ask, when competency seems like such a subjective asset. But, if done well, identifying required competencies for every role your people do can give employees a clear road-map of what’s expected of them, and an understanding of which of their talents are most valued.

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Technical Consultancy

Ignition Hazard Assessments (Non Electrical - EN 80079) (DSEAR)

Ignition Hazard Assessments have been common place in the industry for many years, with the primary focus on electrical equipment. QEM can carry out Ignition Hazard and DSEAR Assessments for both Electrical and Non-electrical equipment.

New Legislation however has now forced the Industry to appy the same risk assessment controls to Non Electrical Ignition Hazards. i.e. Mechanical Items that coudl cause a spark. Generally these are thigns such as Slamshuts, motors' pumps etc. Basically enythign that could casue a release fo kinetic energy, friction of static discharge.

In Feb 2016, BS EN 80079 (-36 & -37) standard was published. This replaced two earlier attempts to address the issue in 2001 and 2009 with the BS EN 13463 suite. The revamped BS EN 80079 provides greater clarity, but still has a long way to go to bring it up to standard with the Electrical side of DSEAR Regs. That being said, with the rigorous support of the industry and the HSE, BS EN 80079 (-36 & -37) is being enforced far more stringently.

So, it’s time to get compliant.

The energy & Utilities Industry is still far behind the curve with this one and will need to act fast if they are to apply practical solutions to prove that they are compliant wiht the latest requriements. 

The Key however is to do your homework, prior to assessing your Assets. BY doing a sutiabel desk based assessment you can exclude many idtems therefore saving a huge amount of resoruce time on the physical risk assessments.

Services offered:

  • DSEAR Assessments (To SR25 and IP16)
  • Exclusion reviews to exclude no applicable equipment making the process more efficient
  • Non-Electrical Ignition Hazard Inspections (CompEX 11 Qualified)
  • Non - Electrical Ignition Hazard Assessments (BS EN 80079)
  • Electrical Ignition Hazard Assessments (BS EN 60079)

 

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