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Specialist Transportation Requirements To Consider When Moving Lab Equipment

26 January 2018

Co-ordinating a lab equipment move is naturally a complex and detailed process, even when requirements are relatively straightforward – so specific provisions for specialist transportation requirements is paramount. Specialist requirements need specialist attention and care – so forward planning and expert intervention are needed for a smooth and successful move.

Consider key disruptions and consequences before commencing

Once a move has been decided, it’s important to spend time co-ordinating before the planning and preparation stages commence. What needs to be done? How will the move disrupt lab activity both in the short and long-term? What could go wrong? Considering every potential outcome and eventuality in detail may take some time – but it helps you to prepare adequately for a move involving specialist lab equipment. Enlist professional support from a provider well-versed in moving medical and laboratory equipment – alongside other specific services such as dedicated cleaning companies to help you to clear out following the move, and storage facilities to hold items securely and safely during the relocation.

Choose an ADR certified laboratory equipment removals partner

An Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods or ADR certification is a legal requirement for most countries within the European Union. This ensures that the individuals responsible for managing, handling and transporting laboratory equipment and items or substances classed as ‘dangerous goods’ are qualified to do so. If your lab equipment movers are found not to have sufficient certification you could be liable for any accidental damage – so it’s important to ask to see evidence of accreditation and fully vet all companies you’ll be working with during the relocation process – including third parties assigned by partners.

Emergency provisions are paramount

When specialist transportation requirements are present specialist measures must be put in place – and this includes planning for potential accidents. Even when proper preparatory measures are in place, naturally things can sometimes go wrong. Considering your immediate actions and putting a timeline in place in case the worst should happen will be invaluable should a minor or major mishap occur. This is especially true when dealing with scientific lab equipment or dangerous goods. At Johnsons, our staff and equipment are fully compliant with DGS standards – and our vehicles are equipped with necessary facilities including aggressive chemical spill kits and P.P.E. Our in-house Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors ensure that the project is co-ordinated with care in line with current regulations.

For specialist removals and storage of lab equipment UK-wide, 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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