Laboratory environments can be challenging to fit with proper storage and workstations. Rigorous cleaning and tight government regulation over each aspect of the room means that specials considerations need to be made when putting the space together. For your lab needs, trust Metro. With years of experience in the field, Metro has the knowledge to make the most of every lab space.
Chemical Storage Rooms
Chemical storage rooms are vital to the overall function of laboratories. These rooms hold important chemical compounds utilized in labs. Chemical storage areas need a proper storage system to ensure that chemicals aren’t confused or placed in the improper spot. For a chemical room that is easy to navigate, chemical storage rooms should have a labeling system and dividers. In case of spills, shelving should be corrosion and chemical resistant.
Environmental rooms maintain specific temperature and humidity levels for testing purposes. This feature allows for application testing, experimentation, and even storage within controlled conditions. Some environmental rooms can require environments that can be tough for storage solutions to retain structural integrity. When looking for the ideal solutions for an environmental room, keep these things in mind:
- Airflow-environmental rooms tend to have wet environments so having a shelving unit with proper airflow is extremely important
- Humidity- Many environmental rooms are very humid, this makes resistance to mold extremely important. Metro product with built-in antimicrobial technology is a proper choice for these rooms.
- Temperature- Unique temperature requirements inenvironmental rooms mean a unique need for storage materials that can handle a harsh environment.
- Easy -to – clean materials
- Varying room usage over time
Tissue Culture Labs
The single biggest threat to success tissue culture work is contamination. Proper storage can help to reduce or even eliminate contamination in tissue culture labs. Metro carts, shelves, and work areas are an excellent tool for tissue culture lab work. They are easy-to-clean and can hold up against heavy-duty cleaners everyday lab work.
Key Elements of Lab Shelving
The spatial arrangement, organization, and display of lab equipment and materials have implications that extend far beyond mere aesthetics. The approach used to design lab spaces physically helps to guide lab members through their daily tasks. In contrast, the values incorporated into this approach are critical as they directly inform how lab members perform these duties.
Designate fixed storage spaces by item - This single step can make everything from inventory management through item access simpler. Having specific places for items to be stored allows for them to be kept in their ideal conditions, with closer control over what items are opened and how they are handled once they are opened. These storage spaces can be placed near the workspaces—and any special disposal units—where they are required, to help reinforce best practices.
Labeling - Shelving storage can be leveraged to accommodate labels, colors, and other ways to denote unique characteristics for different materials. Consistent systems can be developed and adhered to since the physical spaces for the materials remain consistently designated for them.
Accommodate changes over time - Adjustable shelving can be used to accommodate SOP changes as well as any other alterations that may arise over time, without compromising the best practices established within the lab for inventory, storage, and disposal. As needs change, this shelving can also be used to modify material access as needed.
Use shelving as a visual reminder - By placing safety equipment such as PPE in highly visible locations, and alongside placement of proper disposal methods next to where items are used, shelving can be used to reinforce safety training and lab protocols visually.