The move to energy efficient lighting systems has resulted in changes in the light bulb manufacturing footprint as incandescent and fluorescent light bulb manufacturing operations are closed and light emitting diode (LED) manufacturing operation are expanded. The transfer in manufacturing is being driven by regulatory initiatives in many countries as well as energy efficiency efforts by businesses and consumers.
Antea Group, working with Inogen Globalnet partner Grupo Empresarial Energia y Medio Ambiente, S.A. de C.V. (Genermasa), recently started a decontamination / decommissioning assignment for a multinational light bulb manufacturing company at a closed light bulb manufacturing facility in Mexico. The project team was selected for this competitive assignment by combining resources from Antea Group's experience with the client's requirements and expectations coupled with Genermasa's local regulatory knowledge and experience. The client was impressed with the assembled project team and the technical and regulatory approach to the assignment. However, the most important aspect for selection might be the safety tools and programs for performing the work safely.
Jim Fitzgerald, Antea Group USA, who led the tender said "this is a perfect example of why clients benefit hugely from the Inogen model. Inogen Associate Companies are based all over the world and have thorough knowledge and experience on the local regulatory requirements within their own country. In addition to our safety tools and programs, with the experience and client knowledge of Antea, and Genermasa's expertise on local regulation, we were able to show Antea Group USA and Genermasa win contract from multinational light bulb manufacturing company Mexico, December 2012 how effectively and efficiently the work could be carried out."
The client intends to sell the building once all the manufacturing equipment has been removed. However, to meet client corporate risk management requirements and reduce/eliminate the potential for future risks associated with this facility, the equipment removal must been accomplished safely, the equipment must be properly disposed of, and the manufacturing equipment cleaned prior to disposal to ensure there are no off-site liabilities associated with the disposal of the manufacturing equipment. In addition, the client wants to ensure all environmental hazards have been removed from the building surfaces and remaining mechanical systems prior to sale.
The primary environmental constituent of concern is mercury which is used in the manufacture of fluorescent light bulbs. The assignment includes identification of mercury impacted equipment, cleaning of mercury contaminated manufacturing equipment, and then the disassembly of the manufacturing equipment. The dissembled equipment will then be sorted for recycling and/or proper offsite disposal.
Physical hazards associated with the disassembly of the manufacturing equipment include, but are not limited to, work at heights, heavy equipment lifting, working with power tools to dissemble and cut equipment, de-energizing (electrical and stored energy) equipment, and working with cranes and hoists.
In some ways, the physical hazards associated with the work are more dangerous than the environmental hazards. Therefore, the client was very impressed with our process of identification, ranking, and proactively managing risks associated with the work, especially related to working with the subcontractor to ensure they work safely.
One innovative portion of this assignment is the use of a Mercury Tracker 3000 meter to identify in real time mercury impacted manufacturing equipment and building surfaces requiring cleaning. The meter readings, supported by traditional surface wipe samples, will be used to document the final condition of the building surfaces and assist the client with the sale of the building and associated manufacturing equipment scrap materials.
For more information please contact Jim Fitzgerald, email firstname.lastname@example.org