5 Tips To Design an Effective Lab Space

5 Tips To Design an Effective Lab Space

5 Tips To Design an Effective Lab Space

Researchers need an innovative lab design to work on medical therapies. The design has a great impact on the productivity of the researchers. When you consider laboratory optimization before you start designing your lab, you can create a space that is functional and efficient for your business. These are a few tips to help you optimize the space when designing your lab facility.

Choose the Right Size 

The lab size is a major issue as it relates to the needs of the users or researchers. You must have adequate space in the lab to provide space for the practical work and equipment. Inadequate space can also lead to hazardous issues in the lab. By discussing the design process with the lab's users and managers, your design team will be able to size the lab better. Your design team will measure each thing effectively to provide a suitable user place. 

Take Proper Safety Measures

The priority for the lab is the safety of the equipment and the users. A good lab design provides high safety measures for each thing. Nothing can be 100% perfect, but a good design eliminates most of the risks from the laboratory. There must be an emergency facility in a lab designed for common issues. Moreover, the equipment must have safety features for the users. When deciding on the lab design, it is necessary to consider equipment for safety measures.

Determine Control Areas

For the safety of the control areas, there are two principal guidelines for the permitted chemicals in the lab. These include:

  • For laboratories using chemicals, The National Fire Protection Agency provides an amount of the chemicals that can be used in the laboratories.
  • The number of flammable materials in a building is directed by IBC and IFC.

Determining the control areas will help you to design your lab within all the requirements from these guides.

Consider Storage Space

Any medical lab design requires a specific chemical space because of safety measures. If you don't want to face any hazardous or code issues per the above two guidelines, you should decide on a space for chemical storage in the lab design. By discussing with the EH&S and lab users and managers, you can decide the chemicals you need for your lab.

Then you can decide the space for them in your lab design. These steps will reduce the hazardous issues you can have in your laboratory.

Get An Equipment List

The lab design is considered complete with an equipment list. The equipment types and the quantity play a role in determining the lab design. It includes the arrangement and the location of the equipment for safety measures. This list should include the following:

  • Space for the equipment arrangement in the lab
  • The case needed for the specific equipment
  • Determine HVAC services
  • Measure power or backup system requirements

Before designing a lab, you must know what things you should consider. By following these tips to design an efficient lab space, you'll have an effective space for the research and lab procedures. If you are looking for more solutions to help you with laboratory optimization, contact Hankins Lab Consulting today.

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