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Why Your Choice Of Laboratory Moving Company Counts

3 May 2018

When it comes to laboratory relocation, specialist assistance is almost always required. Here we explain why lab moves can be so complex, and how to choose a reputable, responsible removals firm to help you organise your lab move confidently and cost-effectively.

Safety is key

First and foremost, safety (both for laboratory staff, transportation partners and the general public) must be considered. How will hazardous materials, chemicals and dangerous goods be packaged, transported and safely stored upon arrival? What documentation is needed? Regulations will need to be adhered to. Safety must be thoroughly considered before the move, with comprehensive plans put in place in conjunction with a dedicated dangerous goods specialist and the lab move project manager.

Packaging matters

How you pack and prepare lab equipment, medical equipment and certain substances and materials for transportation matters. You may need to ask for professional advice regarding packaging for specialist items. When dismantling equipment for reassembly it’s important to work in chronological order, with sensible, clear labelling applied to each component. An itinerary and inventory must also be generated to cover the move as a whole and prepare for every eventuality, with contingency time built in just in case.

Risk assessment and project management

Managing the move as a whole will become a full-time job for its duration, so it’s important to be prepared for the time and resources this may take up. It’s also key to have some experience of lab relocation, as this will guide your response and approach.

The importance of hiring professional lab movers

When you consider the myriad risks associated with lab moves as detailed above, specialist assistance becomes both relevant and essential. Whilst lab employees and management have a detailed and intimate knowledge of their equipment, materials and the nature of the relocation, transportation specialists will appreciate the project from a holistic perspective, focusing on the practical elements, regulatory compliance and any special provisions that will need to be made. Experience counts in this industry – even if you have a complex or unusual requirement, you want to be sure that the company you deal with is competent and confident in handling the project in question. Always ask for details of experience, accreditations and qualifications and relevant recent testimonials where possible.

In need of a professional laboratory moving company? Speak to our dedicated team today to learn more about our approach, experience and credentials.


“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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