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Key Challenges of a Laboratory Move

Four Key Challenges of a Lab Relocation

Moving your office, or your home is widely acknowledged to be one of the most stressful experiences anyone can go through – but a lab relocation can be just as complex. At Arena Instrumentation, we are highly experienced in arranging lab moves. Here we  outline some of the key challenges involved, for both colleges and universities and the commercial sector.

Sensitive Materials

Many laboratories contain items which are classified as dangerous by the Health and Safety Executive. This means they could pose a threat to human or animal health if anyone is exposed to it, either during the move or in its new home.

Some chemicals may not be hazardous in themselves, but still need to be kept at a strictly regulated temperature. If more than one substance is being moved, then care must be taken to avoid any cross-contamination. In some cases, animals and other living organisms will need to be transported to the new laboratory, so they will need to be kept healthy, and fed if appropriate, while in transit.

Potential Loss of Research

Any damage to equipment en route has the potential to destroy years of ongoing research and test results. It is essential that a suitable space has been allocated for everything in its new home. For example, failure to provide enough power points and other utilities could have catastrophic effects for labs with several incubators.

In the case of pharmaceutical and other private-sector laboratories, the imperative is more a financial one. All the time the lab is out of action is costing the company money. So it is essential that all aspects of the move have been properly and meticulously planned, allowing the lab’s contents to be moved swiftly and safely.

Need for Flexibility

It’s not always the case that all your laboratory’s equipment will slot into a fixed position in its new home. Academic institutions rely on budgets and grants just as much as private enterprises rely on profits, so downsizing or expansion may be required, depending on the financial situation.

This means you may have to consider decommissioning some items, or, where feasible, fitting them into a smaller space. And you will also have to consider access routes, as some of the equipment may need to be used by another lab or faculty.

Regulatory Compliance

With any lab relocation, there are a number of regulations which need to be adhered to, before, during and after the move. These include Health and Safety legislation, Good Laboratory Practice and ADR, which relates to the safe transportation of hazardous materials.

After the move, some items will need to be checked to ensure that they are still in good working order. In the case of measuring equipment, for instance, it may need to be recalibrated to ensure that it is still working within acceptable parameters. 

Lab Relocations from Arena Instrumentation

Arena Instrumentation has carried out highly successful lab relocations for a wide range of organisations, including colleges and universities, healthcare locations and private companies.

Our other areas of expertise include UKAS temperature mapping services (which are particularly important for product storage), UKAS equipment calibration and validation. This means that if you use us for your laboratory move then you can be sure your new working environment will be fit for purpose.

You can also rely on us for a competitive price, as our wide skill set means we don’t have to involve many third parties in the course of our work. If you would like to know more about our services, follow this link or call us on 0151 214 1033.