Starting Your Own Laboratory? Don’t Panic, We Can Helpadmin
[b]Setting up a new laboratory[/b] can be a daunting task, particularly if it’s your first time. You might even be a little worried that you’ll turn up to start work, only to realize that you’ve forgotten to order the gloves! [/size]Worry not, we’ve put our heads together and come up with some handy hints and tips. If this is your first lab startup project, then try approaching a helpful colleague who has recently set up his or her own lab. If you’re lucky, they may still have their checklists and notes to hand. If not, they’ll still be able to offer some useful advice: Find out if you have access to any shared equipment or services within your organization. Start by making a list of what’s essential. Have a separate list for what would be nice and what could be shared – at least temporarily. Arrange a site survey for larger equipment, ventilation and alarm systems etc (see below). Lastly, don’t forget the little things… remember to budget for your lab supplies, reagents etc.
- [url=http://www.thelabworldgroup.com/efsc/Other%20Misc%20Lab%20Items]Ice flakers[/url]
- Large ovens
- [url=http://www.thelabworldgroup.com/efsc/Hoods]Class II Biosafety Hood[/url]
- Recirculating Chemical Safety Cabinets
- [url=http://www.thelabworldgroup.com/efsc/Incubators]Some Plant Growth or Humidity / Stability Chambers[/url]
[b]Budgeting:[/b] When you are ready to approach a company for pricing, make sure you tell them that you’re embarking on lab startup project. That way, you can find out if they offer a startup scheme and whether it suits your needs. In addition, used equipment resellers typically won’t hold on to inventory without some sort of deposit. So if you’re shopping around to get an idea price, but plan to purchase a couple of months later, be sure to let the vendor know. Since these instruments are used, or refurbished, theres a strong chance the vendor has a limited supply. Which means the instrument may no longer be available when it comes time for you to pull the trigger. So be honest with the vendor and start a relationship with them right out of the gate. Who knows, they may hold on to the instrument for you, or even source another one a head time if you give them an effective date of purchase. If you have any questions about starting up your own laboratory, or would like to discuss the fair market value on a certain piece of instrumentation, please give the LabWorldGroup a call today at 617-999-5746. We’re here to help.