Elements of a Safe and Efficient Lab
One of our Lab Furniture Specialists is available to assist with the programming of your lab project.
- Provide adequate space at each bench for equipment to be placed and the process to be performed.
- Provide adequate space within the lab and between each bench for planned and future workflow and required egress and ingress.
- Consider all planned and future free standing lab equipment
Storage and Equipment Areas
- Storage and equipment areas should have appropriate ventilation and be sufficient in size
- All equipment should include a grounded plug. Review any older equipment to be used.
Chemical Storage Areas
- A chemical use assessment should be performed for the project
- Chemical storage should be secure but provide for safe and convenient retrieval
- Provide space adequate for the segregation and ventilation of chemicals
- Separate storage should be provided for flammables, acids, and corrosives
- Install eyewash stations within 10 seconds of unobstructed walking time from the location of a hazard
- Install safety showers within 10 seconds of unobstructed walking time from the location of a hazard
Services and Utilities
- A free standing and bench top equipment spreadsheet should be generated. Among other details, this spreadsheet should include information on all services required by equipment item number.
- Consideration should be given to electricity, plumbed and bottled gas, hot and cold water, and drainage required for equipment.
- Consider centralized safety and servicing shutoffs for all utilities
- Consider telephone, data and low voltage systems
Traffic Patterns and Spaces
- All rooms should have at least two forms of egress
- Minimum aisleway clearance is 42"
- Fume hoods should be located away from main traffic aisles or doorways
- Doors should be inset and open outward
- Understand the use of all chemicals and biological elements for the lab space
- Chemical fume hoods require a supply air source and are vented to the exterior of the building Ventilation should be considered based upon the procedure or equipment being used
- The equipment listing mentioned in the Services and Utilities section should include the potential heat gain to the lab. This heat gain needs to be considered when sizing the HVAC system for the project
- Lab ventilation should be a minimum of 4 exchanges per hour
- Exhaust fans should be located outside and on the roof of the building