Our innovative solution was to establish the first UKAS accredited mobile laboratory offshore, on the vessel which would allow for instant reporting of sample analysis as the works were carried out. Working closely with the Client project representatives we set up a mobile laboratory on the vessel and engaged with UKAS to arrange for their auditors to visit the laboratory, check compliance with accreditation criteria and equipment calibration and obtain an extension to our UKAS ISO 17025 accreditation.
We were able to collaborate with the pipe installation Contractor carrying out the work to provide immediate analysis and notification on whether the gaskets needed to be treated as asbestos containing materials or not and therefore if they could continue uninterrupted or wait for remediation of asbestos containing materials in-line with the control of asbestos regulations 2012 and HSG guidance.
We assigned a team of multi-qualified surveyor and air/bulk analysts to resource the laboratory and assist with the monitoring work by the pipe fitters. One Senior Analyst was appointed as the Laboratory Supervisor to manage the maintenance of the laboratory on a day to day basis ensuring compliance with UKAS accreditation criteria and equipment manufacturers’ requirements.
In total the mobile laboratory was used to analyse over 3000 gaskets over a 6 month period (roughly 30 samples analysed per day). The project was a marked success and highlights Lucion’s ability to use its significant expertise and experience to manage calibration of equipment and systems in a challenging environment and ensure the project's success.