Four Tips on How to Plan the Most Efficient Laboratory Layout

Four Tips on How to Plan the Most Efficient Laboratory Layout

Four Tips on How to Plan the Most Efficient Laboratory Layout

When it comes time to plan the layout and design of your laboratory, there are many important factors to consider.  From the location of critical equipment to safety regulations to workflow, these factors make this process more complicated.  When you trust a consulting company to help you with your laboratory buildout, we will do all the hard parts for you.  There are a few important tips to consider when it comes time to plan the most efficient and fluid laboratory layout in your newly designed lab.

Consider Safety Procedures

Lab safety should always be the top priority when designing a laboratory layout and design.  Safety is critical in keeping your employees and facility out of harm's way.  Also, your laboratory buildout will have to meet safety regulations in order to open and perform business.  Be sure to check your laboratory safety requirements before you plan and submit your lab layout design.

Consider Workflow

Your lab layout and floor plan should be conducive to a productive workflow for your employees.  This means that you should consider the type of jobs that your lab will perform and plan your layout to make those jobs more fluid.  This will optimize the productivity of your staff, which will allow more testing to be done in a shorter amount of time.  In turn, this will increase the profits from the services provided.

Consider Proper Storage Solutions

Many chemicals are used in lab facilities, which mean that you need to consider chemical storage safety when you design your lab layout.  Always plan adequate storage and collaborate with the consulting agency to adhere to code and safety rules.  Improper chemical storage can create safety hazards and health issues.  Be sure to properly label the chemicals and storage area to alert anyone of the dangerous or toxic contents.

Consider Flexibility and Change

Your lab facility will need to have a certain amount of flexibility to make it sustainable over time.  Changes are always occurring in the medical field, and you will need to adapt to these changes in order to keep business flowing.  Research also needs to be reputable and adaptable, so be sure that your environment is conducive to any changes that may occur.  Even though it will be difficult to predict these changes in advance, you should still always plan for flexibility with movable furniture, flexible design options, and versatile equipment and supplies.

These four tips will help you plan the most efficient and effective laboratory layout in your new lab facility.  Designing a new laboratory can be a difficult and long process, but when you choose to work with Hankins Consulting, we can make it easy for you.  We work with you as you plan your laboratory buildout.  Contact us today to get started with our team of highly qualified and experienced consultants.

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