The core benefit of lab planning is to accommodate a dynamic lab space that will increase utility, enhance activity, and heighten its efficiency. Aside from that, a lab plan examines and estimates complex in-service affairs with regards to the waste flow, staff, specimen, test volumes, and workstations. Along with improving the lab environment, a lab design shall pay attention to some of the critical aspects of the lab operation and shall offer an established lab arrangement that is line with the safety standards and operative competence.
Benefits of laboratory planning
Maximize on available space
Lab productivity can be enhanced in various ways. The more time you spend on a place, the more important it is to have a compact and efficient workspace. Just because you have limited lab space, doesn’t mean that you’ve to be limited on creativity.
To maximize on space, lab planners tend to incline towards the ergonomic aspects of the lab space, by arranging the furniture and tools in the lab.
Efficiency in a laboratory is a simple concept; maximum utilization of the available resources. In most cases, may lab firms fail in the efficiency department by thinking that investing in the latest technology and equipment will boost the effectiveness of the lab.
However, research indicates that laboratories that have operationally efficient layouts, providing special attention to the natural and artificial lighting, as well as access to views have better results. Also, occupants working in laboratories with a deep-plan approach tend to perform better than their counterparts in other layouts.
Plan for maintenance
During lab planning process, the maintenance aspect is factored in. The lab plan should ensure that all the lab gadgets and fixtures can be easily accessed and cleaned using the least effort.
Case in point: You do not want to have a lab where you’ve to crawl over a ceiling with no walkway to access the dumpster. On the other hand, accessing the ceiling from below can break the integrity of the sealed barrier and contaminate the lab space. Neither of the two options is viable but can be prevented by a planning process that provides a blueprint of accessing all the points.
Consider future expansion and modification
Making provisions for future changes and expansion is one of the major benefits of laboratory planning. A lab plan allows the future projects to be carried out more economically and conveniently.
Safety and security purposes
When undertaking a lab plan, a professional firm will conduct the process in accordance to several standardization bodies such as the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American National Standards Institute/American Industrial Hygiene Association (ANSI/AIHA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
A successful lab planning requires coordination from all the parties involved-from the construction team to the end-user. Even though problems can arise during the process, they can be overcome by sharing resources, and goodwill.