Your initial list covers many of the major issues I've seen. Another thing to account for is the placement of and safety implications of free-standing and benchtop equipment that is expected to be in the space. This is a factor when you have a definitive equipment list and are planning a space for a particular researcher, but also when you are designing a generic lab space for a specific research type with equipment that can be reasonably anticipated.
When we know who's going in the space we have them fill-out a survey of their lab's hazards early in the design process. We can then communicate to the rest of the design team what impact these hazards may have on how the lab is built. This helps to uncover some of the needs that may have otherwise slipped under the radar until it becomes too late or unnecessarily expensive to re-design.
Best of luck to you!
Sr. Lab Safety Specialist
Environmental Health and Radiation Safety
University of Pennsylvania
3160 Chestnut St., Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6287
I am trying to put together an activity related to laboratory design that involves looking at the flow of personnel, waste, samples, and reagents in laboratories in a science building. In the activity, participants (scientists, engineers, and other users of the facility) are provided a laboratory layout and are then asked to discuss its strengths and weaknesses from security, safety, and practical work flow perspectives. It helps illustrate that the building/laboratory design can simplify work flow protocols and that architects actually need our input.
I'm looking for specific design issues you all have seen related to chemistry laboratories (I have a good bio lab layout already). For those of you who recently have done remodels or new builds, are there issues you were able to design out? Or, for those of you who haven't had that opportunity, do you have a dream list of what you would design out (e.g. the recent floor drain conversation on the listserve)? Are there shared equipment spaces that are perfectly or imperfectly located, or are there labs using particular materials that could be better isolated?
A few topics I have skimmed from the listserve and elsewhere include:
1. Moving hazardous wastes from a top floor via an elevator
2. Materialreceiving and distribution
3. Conference room/admin offices/science office locations/break areas
4. Placement of safety showers/eye washes
5. Chemical storage
Any other ideas from the collective DCHAS brain would be greatly appreciated.
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