Essential Pathology Laboratory Design Considerations

Essential Pathology Laboratory Design Considerations

Essential Pathology Laboratory Design Considerations

Considering pathology lab design can help determine the effectiveness of your return on investments from your proposed lab space because every laboratory has a unique purpose to fulfill. In the case of large laboratories that employ many researchers, design phase efforts are critical. Our pathology lab solutions experts offer these essential considerations to designing an adequate laboratory.

Lab space

Understanding your requirements for space is vital in path lab design. Technology and automation can change the dynamics of your lab over time, while in other cases, a lab’s footprint remains unchanged. This variance makes it vital to consider lab efficiencies to help determine future possibilities. For example, traditional lab spaces are often segmented and closed. Still, suppose there are internal walls with minimal load bearing. In that case, it is not difficult to open up a space and create a design with a more open floor plan resulting in collaboration and transparency within your lab.

Linear workflow

Understanding proposed and existing workflow is vital in developing an adequate laboratory space. Be sure to consider lab processes from beginning to end and map them in a linear workflow. Understanding your lab's workflow can help you minimalize crossovers on your spaghetti or motion diagram, resulting in a more efficient laboratory layout that promotes safety and productivity.

Equipment identification

Your linear workflow diagram should include and identify all equipment within your lab. It is important to note where equipment needs to be placed and whether one piece of equipment is required for more than one lab process. Consider gas and power requirements. Reducing or eliminating variations in customization during your project is an important consideration. Don't forget to consider drain requirements.


If you are interested in creating transparency and openness, and visibility is an essential purpose of your laboratory, the layout can play an important role. Floor-mounted and extensive central hanging services can obstruct lab visibility, especially when there are loaded shelves balanced on central islands. You can reduce visual obstruction by considering slimline service spines with under-mounted points. Your laboratory services will determine the type of service spine and ensure the proper service provision within a service conduit.

Visual management will help make things more efficient by allowing you to identify consumables areas by label color, reduce downtime on searches, and make it easy for you to identify objects. This also makes self-management easy, especially when you have clearly communicated visual management practices in play.

Lab Dynamics

Your lab dynamics will determine the material and system properties you want for your lab. Understanding your lab’s physical requirements makes it easy to make decisions for the long term that will ensure a better return on investment. Be sure to consider your current lab challenges to determine solutions for overcoming them by speaking with a company offering pathology lab solutions. There are various materials and products on the market to assist with this.

Contact us today for more information on our pathology lab solutions. We want you to have a safe, efficient, and effective lab space that exceeds all your needs.

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