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3 Top Tips When Moving Laboratory Equipment

1 February 2018

Laboratory relocations are on the increase – as facilities look to downsize, streamline and improve efficiency. But moving laboratory equipment is a sensitive and complex process which must be well-managed in order to guarantee success. At Johnsons we work with research firms, universities, laboratory equipment suppliers and medical facilities to help ensure a smooth, efficient relocation. Here we share three simple yet effective actions to ensure a productive process from start to finish.

Prepare and schedule

Adequate planning and preparation and a focus on doing things the right way at the right time can significantly lower the financial, professional and regulatory risks posed by moving laboratory equipment. Firstly, set out an inventory list before putting together a rough chronological itinerary detailing every task that will need to be completed throughout the process. Consult with staff members and others involved in the move before passing the finished schedule to your lab equipment removals company.

Collaboration and cohesion are key

Successful collaboration between your internal teams and the experts responsible for the move is a key component of a smooth and efficient relocation. Once a plan has been put together, share and fine-tune it with the help of professionals. Assign key roles within your company and work actively with your lab equipment movers to ensure that every role is covered by an appropriate professional. Your service provider should then be able to delegate and brief sub-contractors, such as disposal experts or specialist logistical support. A contingency plan should also be created in case of unexpected occurrences.

Choose trusted lab equipment movers

The importance of choosing trusted partners for removal (especially where specialist requirements need to be taken care of, or medical equipment transportation is required) cannot be underestimated. Specialist medical equipment movers and lab equipment distributors will have partner companies they work with to ensure that every element of the move is properly provided for – from disposal and logistical support to chemical waste management and post-relocation clean-up. For this reason it’s key that you choose a trusted provider based on real recommendations, and are confident that they will provide services in a responsible and professional manner.

Discover more about Johnsons specialist laboratory logistics and medical equipment transport services here.


“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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