When decommissioning a facility, management needs to make sure that they minimize risk and cost by taking certain steps prior to initiating the process.

Here are the ways you can keep costs and risk low throughout the decommissioning process.

Defining the End Goals of the Facility

For a decommissioning project to be successful, you need to make sure there are clear goals in place. This includes having a clear idea of how you want the facility to appear following decommissioning.

Also, consider the overall extent of the decommissioning project. For instance, you should specify whether one piece of equipment or tool will be removed while others stay in place, or if all tools, systems, and used packaging machines will be removed to form a completely clean facility.

used packaging site

After you’ve defined the end-state, it’s time to focus on the combination of schedule, cost, regulatory compliance, and the reliability of any remaining equipment.

Develop a Complete Plan

The decommissioning plan will determine exactly how staff go about the packaging process. The plan should describe all of the specific objectives regarding the decommissioning activities. Details should include the disposition of all items following decommissioning and how each objective will be achieved.

Ultimately, you want to make sure the facility and machines is safe by the end of the process for anyone else who uses the facility and the machines inside. The plan should also determine how to protect the value of any re-used items.

A complete plan will also detail how to save money and answer the question of why and how an item is getting decontaminating, among others. This plan will make the decommissioning process consistently smooth and efficient.

Prepare a Scope-of-Work

An in-depth scope-of-work (SOW) will describe exactly what the decommissioning project will entail to get the job done right. The large number of decommissioning staff will make it necessary to provide specific details in the SOW to enable management to make the best decisions based on each type of employee’s qualifications.

Many hold onto the misconception that decommissioning is the same as reversing the installation process, but this isn’t the case. Decommissioning requires considerations regarding nearly every aspect, particularly when it comes to how equipment has been affected over the years.

truck machine

Contamination is often present internally and externally, requiring safe transportation and considerations for both shipping and storage.

Identify All Machines and Resources Needed

Before actually beginning the decommissioning process, you need to consider all of the resources required to complete it. This will include the scope of work and all of the personnel and tools required throughout. Requests-for-proposal (RFPs) should be specific and detailed to ensure that all concerns are addressed.

With all of these aspects in mind, you can then begin the decommissioning process and ensure its success from start to finish. You won’t need to worry about any aspect of the project remaining overlooked, and you’ll be able to get the process done faster. Ultimately, through sufficient planning, you can minimize the possibility of issues that might otherwise come up during the process.

1 Comment

  1. Lou

    These are great ways to help reduce costs. I need to send this article to my boss.


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