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Laboratory Equipment And What To Consider When Moving A Laboratory

12 January 2018

Lab Moving and what to consider

Whether you are moving science laboratory equipment and biological samples or transferring used medical lab equipment, the risks and ramifications involved are numerous and complex. In this blog we explore the key aspects of relocation and what to consider when contemplating an upcoming move.

Plan in advance

Laboratory moves are significantly more complex than a ‘standard’ commercial or office relocation – and as such they require more time spent planning before the day itself. Risks, downtime and disruption must all be managed and minimised – sufficient planning can help with this. Start by enlisting professional support – they can manage the process from start to finish with you, or provide standalone supplementary services. Whether you choose to work independently or delegate to expert lab equipment movers, it’s worth putting together and checking an initial inventory first before turning your attention to specific logistics, dates and times. Include time for the laboratory equipment to be disassembled and packaged – as well as reassembly on the other side – as this may take longer than expected.

Reduce or accommodate for downtime

Some downtime is often natural and normal during laboratory relocations – but due to the important and often time-sensitive nature of the work carried out in laboratories this isn’t always an option. If continuous service must be maintained or resumed as quickly as possible it’s important to work with this requirement from the very start, involving all necessary parties and compiling resources. Setting up on the other side first before organising a ‘full move’ at a later stage can often help to eliminate down-time – even if normal service is slightly disrupted or delayed. Notify clients and any other associated parties in advance to minimise the impact on them and prepare for possible disruption.

Organise laboratory equipment logistics

Working with specialist lab equipment movers to ascertain which lab equipment will need to be relocated, and in what order. This is a task best completed on an individual basis, taking into account individual items then considering how they work together to decide what needs moving, and when. Now is also the time to determine whether additional specialist assistance may be needed to safely transport controlled items or equipment that may require certain conditions.

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“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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