Nifty Business Movers performs a range of Laboratory relocations, particularly over the last decade. Consisting of laboratory moves across the UK and Europe. We know laboratory relocations require special skills due to the nature of the multi-national scientific industry, so we’re here to help.
Understanding Laboratory Relocations
Our specialist knowledge and expertise in laboratory relocations help when it comes to moving laboratory equipment. In addition, our knowledge and experience of moving a laboratory make planning a relocation more straightforward. We liaise with laboratory managers to make sure a major lab relocation isn’t a logistical challenge.
With thorough planning, all laboratory equipment and contents can be moved safely. Our extensive experience of carrying live and hazardous materials both between locations results in laboratory relocations being safe, smooth, and efficient.
Our goal is to minimise risks for all our clients, especially as we understand the hazardous factors that require consideration during laboratory relocations.
Finally, we know laboratory relocations can be rare, particularly for long-established colleges, universities, and scientific organisations. Therefore, know what’s at stake.
However, we understand the unique nature of scientific work, every laboratory is different. As a result, we plan every detail, prepare fully, and communicate with you at all times to minimise cross-contamination.
Experience Counts with Laboratory Relocations
Laboratory relocations need knowledge and understanding. Our Lab removals team have a knowledge of authority to make life that little bit easier when relocating your laboratory.
Our experience in laboratory moves includes multi-lab churn, equipment moving from one lab to another, and lastly relocating equipment from that destination to a third laboratory. In this case, all three locations were in different countries. Therefore, no matter how complex your laboratory relocation is, we are the experts in lab moves.
In contrast, other laboratory relocations have been more simple. Such as, labs moving within the same building or relocating across the same city.
Nonetheless, all moves have the same fundamental requirements, regardless of location. Nifty Business Movers will relocate your laboratory to the standards of safeguarding equipment and materials across Bio-safety levels 1-4.
Planning a Laboratory Removal
Laboratory removals arguably need the most care and attention when planning to relocate a laboratory. From creating a lab relocation team to mitigating risk factors, laboratory relocations are complex and require experts to move.
Laboratory move logistics are key when you start to plan your lab relocation, it’s important that this is planned at the start, as far in advance of the move date as possible. In turn, this will allow for a detailed timeline to be created and implemented to ensure the right resource and all requirements are adhered to. However, with a lab move, it’s likely that there are unforeseen complications, therefore it’s essential that each eventuality is planned for during your lab relocation.
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1 – PLANNING LABORATORY RELOCATIONS
The better the planning, the better the move. Get the key people from the laboratory and removals company together as early as possible in the planning process. This means all parties fully understand the laboratory relocation requirements, deadlines, and specifics.
2 – LABORATORY SITE SURVEYS
For all laboratory relocations, our specialist team must conduct thorough surveys of the existing and new laboratories. There are many considerations that we will discuss to help assess and allocate the appropriate resources. Including timescales, packing mediums, and protective materials we require.
3 – CONTINGENCY PLANNING
4 – MEETING LEGISLATION REQUIREMENTS
5 – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
IT is a fundamental part of any organisation and laboratories are no exception. We will ensure you have adequate backups before you move. In addition, we advise a back up of data is stored locally, onto a server, or other external device before the move. One of the most essential factors of a move is having IT and telecoms services fully functional. Minimising any disruption for staff arriving for work on their first day in the new premises.
6 – RELOCATING LABORATORY FRIDGES AND FREEZERS
In some cases a fridge or freezer will need to be left for 24hrs before re-connecting to power, allowing gases to settle and ensures the equipment operates correctly. This avoids compromising the contents. Where the freezers need lifting or tilting during the laboratory relocation, we may need to remove contents due to weight constraints. Finally, we will take care to select the most cost-effective solution to meet the temperature requirements of the materials. This avoids compromising them during the relocation.
7 – MOVING LABORATORY FRIDGES AND FREEZERS IN A ‘LIVE CONDITION’
8 – THE 3 Ds: DISCONNECTION, DECOMMISSIONING & DECONTAMINATION
9 – OFFICE CONTENTS
10 – RECYCLING, CLEARANCE, AND DISPOSAL
When we transport everything to the new site, there is usually a proportion of redundant furniture and equipment. Care should be taken to clear the items from the site and make arrangements for their recycling or disposal. Equipment will need to go through decontamination (where applicable) before we can recycle it. A decontamination certificate will need to accompany each item.