Five Steps to Relocating Your Pharmaceutical Lab
Due to the complexity of relocating a functioning laboratory, it is important to plan ahead with an organized approach. The following procedures are suggested in order to prevent costly mistakes such as loss of experiments or damage to expensive equipment.
- Select an appropriate location with adequate power supply, floor loads, infrastructure and proper zoning.
- Produce a sketch of the new facility with proper placement of equipment relative to the location of power sources and general workflow. This will help ascertain whether this new facility can accommodate your business goals and allow you to operate the necessary functions for your research or manufacturing.
- Create a written plan to include every aspect of the move and create communication within your organization. Select the best time for the move to occur minimizing both workload interruption and interference with current company research and experiments. Details such as a timeline and all tasks necessary for the move should be incorporated within this document.
- Take an inventory of all equipment and supplies identified by each room. Determine if equipment needs to be dismantled. Also determine if equipment must be decontaminated prior to moving and if so what level of decontamination is needed.
- Select a professional mover with expertise in moving laboratories. A specialty mover can perform both pre and post move processes which can include decontaminating equipment prior to moving as well as recalibrating and recertifying equipment to manufacturer’s specs once equipment is in the new location. Proper equipment such as a lift jack may be needed to move heavy equipment. Freezers with samples may need to be moved with temperatures kept consistent. Also needed is a proper level of insurance for these very expensive items. Factors which affect the cost of the move include; necessary amount of dismantling, level of ease or difficulty accessing entry and exit of both the existing and future locations, and distance of the move.
Utilizing these steps will help you implement an organized procedural approach ensuring limited downtime for your operation as well as protecting valuable assets.