The provision of Qa3 on-site chemistry services is underpinned by six general principles of operation:
1 To understand client requirements and meet their performance expectations through rigorous work planning and effective communication.
2 To employ capable and competent personnel who have a strong commitment to continual improvement in order to provide an exceptional service to all clients.
3 To adhere to international and local health, safety and environmental policies, supported by a philosophy of dynamic risk assessment.
4 To understand, respect and work in harmony with the local culture and traditions.
5 To work to a traceable quality management system that implements established and proven QC procedures.
6 To provide a final, all-encompassing product that enables the client to make accurate, considered decisions based on the findings.
On-site Chemistry Packages
The bespoke on-site chemistry packages provided by Qa3 follow five distinct phases to ensure that they meet client requirements and that any analytical data produced will be accurate and yield the information necessary.
Phase 1: Project Planning
- Understanding client requirements – face to face meetings or video conferencing.
- Specification review – understanding limits of detection and quantification.
- Review of method suitability and identification of best approach and location of analysis.
- Identifying the most suitable sampling points in conjunction with P&ID’s supplied by the client.
- Preparation and optimisation of sampling regimen.
- Providing a quotation that includes all background information, project aims, analytical approach, identification of any pre-mobilisation tasks for local staff, our on-site space and utility requirements, costs and timelines.
Phase 2: Logistical Support for Personnel and Equipment
- Preparation of Letters of Invitation, visas and in country welfare.
- Equipment export review and advice.
- Journey plan and security review.
- Ensuring that all personnel (both in field and UK support team) are aware of local culture and that the work programme and schedule are compatible with any relevant traditions.
Phase 3: Execution of On-site Sampling and Analysis
- Obtaining all work permits, safety induction (if required).
- Experienced consultant chemist teams (usually 2 – 4 chemists) carry out all on-site sampling and analysis, including offshore.
- Dynamic risk assessment during all sampling and analysis.
- Sampling for off-site analysis into suitable sample vessels, ensuring that any preservation and transport and storage conditions are commensurate with maintaining sample and analyte integrity.
- Recording of relevant process conditions prevailing during the sampling programme.
- Continual data review by on-site team supported by off-site team.
- Daily liaison and updates with the client supervisor or operations manager.
- Interim data report produced on site.
Phase 4: Compilation of Comprehensive Technical Report
- Executive summary
- Background and aims
- Full methodology and identification of any assumptions, limitations, deviations, measurement uncertainties etc
- Presentation, interpretation and implications of the data.
- Recommendations where appropriate.
- Face to face technical presentation of data to company representatives if requested.
Phase 5: Ongoing Technical Support and Advice
- Help and advice for the execution of any remedial work where applicable.
- The scheduling and implementation of any ongoing monitoring.
- Training of local staff.