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 special considerations need to be made when putting the space together. For your laboratory needs, trust Metro’s lab shelving, carts, and more. With years of experience in the field, we know how to make the most of every lab space.
Chemical Storage Rooms
Chemical storage rooms are vital to the laboratory's overall function, as they hold critical chemical compounds utilized in labs. These areas need a proper storage system to ensure that chemicals aren’t confused or placed in the wrong spot. For a chemical room that is easy to navigate, an adequate labeling system and dividers are necessary. You should also have corrosion and chemical resistant shelving to protect against spills. Metro offers all of this and more for your needs.
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 their structural integrity. When looking for the ideal solution, keep the following in mind:
Airflow: Wet environments are common in these rooms, so a shelving unit with proper airflow is essential.
Humidity: Many environmental rooms are very humid, making resistance to mold extremely important. Metro products with built-in antimicrobial technology are the best choice.
Temperature: The unique temperature requirements in environmental rooms require an individual need for storage materials that can handle these harsh conditions.
Varying room usage over time
Tissue Culture Labs
The single biggest threat to successful tissue culture work is contamination. Proper storage can help to reduce or even eliminate contamination in these labs. Metro’s 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 and everyday lab work.
Key Elements of Lab Shelving
The spatial arrangement, organization, and display of lab equipment and materials have implications that extend beyond mere aesthetics. The physical approach used to design lab spaces help guide specialists through their daily tasks. In contrast, the values incorporated into this approach are critical, as they directly inform how lab members perform their duties.
Designate fixed storage spaces by item: This single step can make everything from inventory management to item access simpler. Having specific places to store items allows them to be kept in their ideal conditions with closer control over what is opened and how they are handled. 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 lab shelving can also be used to modify material access.
Use shelving as a visual reminder: By placing safety equipment such as PPE in highly visible locations and placing proper disposal methods next to where they are used, shelving can be incorporated to reinforce safety training and lab protocols visually.