5 Key Steps to Take During Facility Decommissioning

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If you want to keep the facility decommissioning process consistently efficient, minimizing risk and cost, here are some of the critical steps you need to take to do so.

1. Define the End-State

Projects will only continue to be unsuccessful in the absence of a clear goal. This is why it’s important to define the desired end-state of the facility before initiating any other part of the process.
The end-state will include the final appearance of the building, including the extent of the decommissioning project. You also need to consider whether all or some assets will be removed from the property.

Once you have determined the end-state, you need to consider the other priorities, including cost, reliability of used equipment, schedule, and regulatory compliance.

Facility Decommissioning

2. Develop a Complete Plan

A building decommissioning plan will detail all of the objectives of the facility’s owner in regards to all of the activities involved in the decommissioning process from start to finish. It should include all details pertaining to the disposition of all items at the site along with how to achieve these objectives.
The ultimate goal of developing a plan is to leave the facility safer for the next intended use through describing how all used items will be deemed safe for humans and the environment.

Plans should provide management teams with an effective method for evaluating cost-saving alternatives by answering key questions, including a reason for decontaminating specific items.
Plans also need to detail how to correctly handle all items to prevent injury, damage, and contamination that could incur costs and harm individuals on decommissioning teams.

3. Prepare a Scope of Work

Once you have developed a plan, you need to prepare an in-depth scope-of-work that details exactly what you need to do to meet all of the plan’s objectives.

While some of the work can be performed by staff and vendors, you may need to hire specialized service providers to perform some tasks in decommissioning projects. SOWs should include plenty of detail to enable the management to make the right decisions regarding the qualifications of assigned personnel.

4. Identify All Required Resources

After identifying all of the tasks and maintenance that need to be completed, you should determine who will be responsible for each task, along with who will provide management oversight to maintain efficiency, compliance, and safety.

One of the best ways to identify resources needed is to develop a request-for-proposal (RFP) that itemizes all required services and management performance expectations pertaining to the delivery of those services.

5. Hire Reliable Specialized Service Providers

Management needs to have a complete understanding of what a decommissioning project will entail, with knowledge about how to prepare the site, construct a building, installing all necessary utilities and infrastructure, and qualifying manufacturing systems.

With the help of a specialized service provider, you can successfully complete the decommissioning project with minimal issues. However, you need to take all of the previous steps if you want the best results.