Whether your lab is moving within the same building, across town, or across the country, organizing a move of any size can be a stressful and complicated process. Having a lab relocation checklist and following some of the key steps below will ensure the relocation of your laboratory and lab equipment goes as smoothly as possible. We here at The Lab World Group specialize in helping you draft a plan to keep everyone on the same page.
Before you start
Begin by assessing what equipment and materials will need to be moved. Are there biological, radioactive, or chemical components that need to be moved? Our team of experts understand the logistics involved in decommissioning and prepping equipment for safe transfer including contacting the appropriate organizations, such as the Division of Environmental Protections or Division of Radiation Safety. This makes sure the proper steps and procedures are followed to ensure these items are transported safely. Another thing to consider is will you need all the equipment that is currently in your lab? If not, have you considered selling your used lab equipment?
6-8 weeks prior to your move
Contact a lab relocation services provider. Organizations, such as The Lab World Group, can assist with preparation and planning, moving, and storage. We have a collective 30 years of experience relocating labs of all sizes. This is also when you will want to begin disposing of any type of unwanted material. Remember, a laboratory move is just like any other type of relocation – less is more! You don’t want to bring along equipment or materials you don’t need at the new location.
4 weeks prior to your move
Assess the extent of your relocation and prepare an in-depth inventory of precisely what is being moved to the new space. Also, you’ll want to make sure that your lab’s new home is prepared for all of the equipment that is being moved. Aside from ensuring there is enough space, you want to make sure there are appropriate power sources, storage options, etc.
1-2 weeks prior to your move
Prepare your lab equipment for the move. This includes potentially decontaminating any hoods, organizing any chemical waste pick up, and making sure all high-priority work has been completed before your equipment is removed and transported.
Final move preparations
Meet with your lab relocation team. We’ll make sure your inventories match, and that the appropriate lab equipment and materials have been properly shut down and packed for safe transport. After that, we’ll take care of the rest! Let the lab world group help you with your lab relocation so you can keep your focus on your research.