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Avoiding Decontamination When Packing

10 January 2018

When you consider the potential consequences of contamination, accidental spillage or breakage both from an internal and external perspective, the importance of sensitive and professional lab equipment move management becomes clear. The first and perhaps most important step is careful provision and management during the packaging stages, ensuring that goods of a hazardous, delicate or significant nature are safely and securely transported without the risk of decontamination.

Why is decontamination avoidance important?

Decontamination is an important aspect for consideration when transporting lab equipment. From a professional perspective, contamination must be avoided to ensure that important research and key activities and projects are not compromised, disrupted or destroyed. On a wider scale, bio-hazardous substances and dangerous goods must be safely and securely handled to avoid accidents, spillages or contamination with potentially disastrous consequences. For these reasons packing lab equipment with the specific qualities and requirements of each item in mind is crucial.

Packaging lab equipment safely, securely and sensibly

Specialist items simply cannot be safely handled and transported without the correct packaging in place. At Johnsons we invest in the proper equipment and packaging solutions required to safely transport a wide range of specialist items – from medical supplies, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals to scientific lab equipment. Selecting and sourcing approved packaging is an important and at time complex task. UN-approved packaging must have the ability to perform fully and optimally in several ways at all times throughout the process. In addition to supplying suitable packaging for removals we also conduct a full service from taking inventory and labelling to lifting and transportation to ensure that any dangerous, hazardous or sensitive materials are safely relocated in full compliance under any applicable regulations.

Working with specialists is key when packaging lab equipment and relocating

Trained professionals will be able to instantly assess your situation and requirements, and make appropriate provisions accordingly. They’ll also be up to date on the latest regulations and requirements of packaging lab equipment. This massively minimises any risk posed to your operations or the public and the possibility of financial loss caused by miscommunication or poor planning. At Johnsons we have dedicated Dangerous Goods Safety Advisors to provide specialist assistance on hazardous or PPE matters.

Relocating science laboratory equipment or medical lab equipment in the near future? Our laboratory equipment service is fully comprehensive, with audits, management and relocations carried out by qualified professionals. Get in touch today to learn more about our approach and accreditations.


“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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