Five Reasons to Calibrate Your Instruments after a Laboratory Move
There are so many items to think about during a lab relocation – when is it going to be, who is going to carry it out, and what items need to be moved first? These are just some of the more obvious questions which need to be answered.
However, one of the most important jobs to consider is to check that all your instruments are working properly in their new environment. This is important for the safe operation of the equipment as well as to maintain your laboratory’s compliance.
At Arena Instrumentation, we are specialists in lab instrument calibration services. Here we explain five key reasons why it is a top priority to check equipment following a laboratory move.
To Maintain Compliance and Obey any Legal Requirements
Several industries have specific calibration requirements which labs need to adhere to, such as the pharmaceutical, healthcare and food sectors, where work needs to be carried out under strictly controlled conditions. This is to avoid a number of issues such as any risk of the public consuming a dangerous product or test results being compromised. If your lab is governed under a certain body, such GMP or GCP, calibration is essential to ensure you maintain compliance.
Arena Instrumentation is UKAS accredited, and we offer ISO:17025 calibrations to wide number of scientific instruments – notably those which record temperature, speed, time and weight.
To Avoid Problems with Test or Research Results
Test results can be compromised, or not recognised by the scientific community, if the equipment does not work properly in its new lab. The instruments need to be checked to ensure that they haven’t been affected in transit, and also because the environmental conditions may be slightly different in their new location.
Calibration should also be carried after the equipment has been repaired or modified, or it has been exposed to either a physical or an electric shock. And instruments should also be checked on a regular basis, and not just after any one-off events, in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. All measurement equipment ‘drifts’ over time, which means that the readings they give will not be as accurate.
To Save Time and Money
If the instruments are not checked and research is proven to be faulty, then this will mean the work has to be carried out all over again – always assuming there is sufficient funding in place, and enough time to carry it out.
Compromised work can also cause problems in commercial labs. If the instruments are not functioning correctly, then the product may not be manufactured to the correct standard and may have to be recalled. Aside from the expense, there is also the possibility of the company suffering reputational damage. Equally, correctly-calibrated instruments will help businesses maximise their profits.
To Eliminate Safety Risks for Staff
Staff also need to be protected after any lab relocations. Once equipment has been moved it should be checked to ensure it is electrically, mechanically and operationally safe. Many production and research labs use high – or low – temperatures and pressures and if the devices which measure these are not functioning correctly then there could be a risk to human health.
Employees could also be exposed to potentially hazardous materials or chemicals if any safety equipment is not working properly.
To Protect Other Organic Material
Many of the production processes or research programmes carried out in labs involve organic materials or chemicals which need to be kept in strictly controlled conditions, such as at a certain temperature or humidity. This particularly applies where foodstuffs are involved.
Laboratories could even end up having to scrap the product or test results if the instruments have not been properly calibrated.
Lab Instrument Calibration Services from Arena Instrumentation
Arena Instrumentation offer lab instrument calibration services for equipment which measures temperature, flow, speed, volume, time and pressure. This can be done as part of a planned service programme as well as after a lab relocation.
If you would like to know more about the range of instruments we can test, follow this link or call us on 0151 355 1314.
As lab relocation specialists, we can deal with all aspects of your laboratory move, not just the instrument calibration. We take the utmost care with every single item, but also appreciate the need to get your facility up and running again as quickly as possible.