Laboratory Design is a highly though out and time-consuming process. Right from pre-design stage to commissioning the laboratory, a lot of work from many personnel is involved. But before carrying out the actual design, it’s important to consider certain aspects.

In this infographic, we’ve outlined the various considerations that need to be accounted for prior to designing the laboratory. If you’re looking for a complete done for your laboratory service, look no further. At Kewaunee International, we have turnkey services that handle the entire planning to commissioning process for you. More information can be found here.

Aspects to Consider Key pointers
Walls/ Windows/ Flooring
  • Ensure that laboratory is separated from the outside area & walls must be made with DEA controlled substances
  • Windows must be fitted with insect screens
  • Flooring must be made of non-pervious material
Furniture Design & Exit Paths
  • Sinks are required so that lab personnel can wash their hands in case of emergencies
  • Chemicals must not be flushed from such outlets, rather through the directed guidelines; chemicals must be stored in cabinets
  • Waste materials must be stored in dedicated spaces & disposed appropriately
  • Furniture must be sturdy & resistant to corrosion, contamination, abrasion, etc.
  • There must be adequate space between furniture & exit paths need to be designated as per regulations
  • Ventilation should be adequate with a perforated ceiling & air should be discharged at <50 fpm
  • The relative humidity must be adjusted in line with the weather
  • Must have >6 air-changes/ hour 
  • Any equipment that requires additional ventilation or electrical considerations must be placed at a considerable distance
  • Walls must be painted with paint that can be washed and is non-porous
  • Adequate space is required to ensure thorough cleaning
  • Furniture must be positioned in a way that spilled material can be cleaned
  • Furniture must also be non-porous
Engineering Considerations
  • Electrical – GFI protection is required for sockets near counter tops & sinks; circuit breakers must be outside the laboratory; breakers must be labeled accordingly
  • Plumbing – Gas lining & Water lines must be located outside the lab; use flexible plumbing for lines connected to equipment; all water & gas lines must easily accessible; sampling points must be present where lab water lines merge with domestic sewage lines; sink drainage traps must be transparent

Source: Laboratory Design Guidelines, UNC Chapel Hill

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