Research and manufacturing facilities in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries must be agile, continually realigning to new strategies. This agility drives frequent facility reconstruction, transfer of real properties and new leases. And, in the course of these events, the need to mitigate the legacy of hazardous materials through a formal decommissioning process becomes a practical and legal requirement.
Mitigating liability & facilitating compliance
Two principal federal statutes which impose liabilities for hazardous substances and hazardous wastes during these real property transactions are the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or the "Superfund Act"). An effective and appropriately documented decommissioning is a strong liability defense relative to these statutes and integral to complying with facility closure requirements set forth in state and local regulations.
TSS has extensive experience successfully decommissioning research and production facilities for biotech and pharmaceutical clients nationwide. We work side by side with client representatives and regulatory agencies to identify specific site, lease and agency requirements. Our decommissioning team will draft and implement a decommissioning plan that complies with ANSI/AIHA Z9. 11-2008 and satisfies all regulatory agency requirements.
As important as the decontamination of your facility is the documentation of the decommissioning project. Our closure plan and report documents the entire decommissioning process, evidences proper disposition of hazardous materials and provides third party certification that all legacy hazardous substances have been mitigated to an acceptable risk. The final report incorporates a site survey, providing you with verification that the project has achieved the clearance criteria set out in the closure plan.
Give your company the agility it needs to keep pace with the demands of growth and change. Contact TSS today at 800-877-7742, or directly at our nearest regional office, to discuss your specific needs.
With every service call, TSS offers you
- responsive service to minimize downtime
- customized documentation and technical writing services
- online access to your equipment inventory and certification
- the assurance of an ISO 9001 certified quality system