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4 Things You Should Consider When Discussing A Lab Relocation With Laboratory Movers

26 April 2018

Communication is key during all stages of a laboratory move – so it’s important to understand how you will liaise with the experts responsible for the removal as well as colleagues and staff throughout the process. Here we share four key things to consider when discussing transportation and relocation with laboratory movers.

Rules and regulations

Naturally a range of rules and regulations apply to laboratory moves, as they tend to feature a variety of specialist requirements. Dangerous goods and hazardous materials are commonplace. Chat with your laboratory movers in depth before the move and during the preparatory stages to make them aware of the full situation and understand the regulatory obligations and expectations of your relocation. Laboratory movers will be required to meet a range of regulations including H&S legislation, GLP and FDA plus any local or facility guidelines – so it’s important that you’re honest and upfront and provide comprehensive information right from the start to allow them to prepare adequately.

Hazardous materials and dangerous goods

It goes without saying – hazardous materials and dangerous goods need specialist attention. A separate set of regulations will apply here – so discussing any dangerous or hazardous materials present (including poisons, chemicals and biohazards) with your laboratory movers should be a key priority.

Costings are key

Budget is very important – so it’s vital to discuss realistic costings with your laboratory movers before you begin the preparatory stages. Laboratory relocation must be budgeted for – especially where specialist provisions are involved.

Cold chain materials must be considered

Biological materials and chemical samples are often temperature sensitive – so it’s crucial that constant conditions are maintained throughout transportation. Climate-controlled trucks and specially trained technicians will need to be on-hand to monitor temperatures, especially where frozen goods are concerned. Back-up plans will also need to be in place – so it’s important to discuss this with your laboratory movers prior to the relocation date.

If you’re planning an upcoming laboratory relocation, you’ll need specialists on hand to ensure safe transportation and a smooth transition to new premises. Get in touch with our dedicated team today.


“We have very positive feedback from the end users regarding all the crews involved in the move. Indeed at a steering group meeting this week one of the senior scientist not only praised the move teams but also requested if the same teams could be used for the move into the CL2 building next year.”

The Pirbright Institute

“The Johnsons team worked well with our own internal project team to make the overall move a success. The main phase went without any significant issues, and this was a testament to the close management and supervision of the Johnsons team at both sites during the 3 days of the move.”

Mark Garrod, Redx Pharma

“We have a good working relationship and specifically use Johnsons as they are competitive, always turn up on time with the correct number of operatives, and their removal team is always courteous which matters especially when patients and our staff are affected.”

David Shepherd, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

“Johnsons Laboratory Logistics have been providing relocation services to us for a number of years now. They are competitive, reliable and trustworthy.”

Iain Ramsey, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

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