The Challenge
Removing asbestos ceiling tiles from a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in a live hospital. This work had to be undertaken urgently to enable a leaking shower to be repaired. It was critical that the SCBU remained fully functional and that there was minimal disruption to staff and parents.

The Project
The project involved very close liaison with a specialist team consisting of the Sister in charge of the SCBU, the hospital Compliance Officer, and the Head of Facilities. In this critical care environment it was paramount that the work was undertaken seamlessly. The highest level of security in the unit was maintained.

Our Methodology
MSS developed a detailed risk assessment and method statement. Which clearly determined the parameters of the project. It was critical that access to the family room in the SCBU remained open, it was critical to leave the corridor connecting the SCBU to the family room free at all times. Working in partnership with key staff MSS defined clear transit times for personnel. Set times when they discreetly came on to the unit. We also agreed a transit route for asbestos waste via the emergency exit stairwell. MSS provided a team of three staff. Work was undertaken over a long weekend as this minimised any potential disruption to the unit.

The Complete Service
The SCBU staff were very happy with how the project was managed. There was minimal disruption to the running of the unit. MSS provided an efficient asbestos removal service, to time and to budget.