The four stages of laboratory installations
Anyone who has ever tried will know that completing a laboratory installation, especially from scratch, is not a simple process. But, once you iron out the details, and understand the minutiae, you can make it a straightforward task with the help of a reliable laboratory installation company.
If you’re wondering where to start when it comes to your new laboratory, don’t worry. We are going to guide you through the stages you will need to take so you can get your new laboratory safely up and running as soon as possible.
Stage 1 – Decide what services you need and create a budget
Some laboratory installers will carry out the installation and maintenance of your laboratory. Others will offer a service where they take control of the whole process from start to finish, using their expert knowledge to make the process as smooth as possible. You need to decide what services you require. Do you have an in-house team that can find a suitable lab location and prepare the building for installation? If not, you will need to find someone who can.
Who you hire, and what services you require, will likely be influenced by your budget. This is something you will need to draw up as soon as possible. This gives your installation company clear guidelines of what can and cannot be done with your new laboratory.
Stage 2 – Planning and design
Finding a suitable building for your laboratory is the first step in a lengthy planning process. You then need to determine what features you require in your lab. Envision where they will physically fit, and ensure all planned fixtures are safe and suitable for use. You will need to decide what brands, designs, and features your equipment will have to ensure they will be a good fit for the intended use of your laboratory and ensure they comply with regulations and laws.
Stage 3 – Purchase and installation of equipment
During this stage, it is incredibly important that you use an experienced, professional company to complete the installation. Some features like specialist gases and fume cupboards can only be installed by qualified, trained personnel as a matter of safety. In 2017/18, 550,000 people were injured at work. A reputable laboratory installation company will be aware of the laws and regulations that they need to acknowledge. They also have the knowledge to ensure a safe installation to protect workers.
Stage 4 – Ongoing maintenance
Your work doesn’t stop once the installation has finished. Many laboratory fixtures and pieces of equipment are legally required to undergo regular maintenance and servicing. You need to ensure you have a recognised, qualified company who will carry out maintenance for years to come.
It will often be the same company who completed the installation due to regulations that give these companies a duty to maintain the equipment they install. Regular maintenance will keep your laboratory functional and safe for all workers.
These are the main steps involved in the laboratory installation process. There are many more fine details that need your attention, but you will need the help of an experienced installation company to implement all of them.
Get in touch with Higgins today on 01625 613308 to take the first steps towards a safe, compliant, and affordable laboratory installation.