Strategies for Improving User Productivity in the Lab

Research labs are the most crucial facility that promotes controlled conditions for conducting in-depth scientific and technological research and experiments. By definition, research is an odyssey toward expanding the frontiers of modernity. Modern research is multidisciplinary. It requires a profound and visionary work atmosphere. Under the same roof valuable resources of lab equipment, machinery, and qualified scientists are deployed. With so many investments being made, the demand for return on investment should be commensurate. A well-designed lab boosts productivity by improving the targeted outcome.

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Let’s discuss some strategies that contribute to enhancing user productivity in labs:

Concept layout is a crucial element in Lab design

Lab layout must sync with user requirement specifications. (URS). So for a fruitful lab setting an interactive session between the manufacturers and users will result in clarity regarding the needs and demands of lab and lab equipment.

Passages for Sample Flow Out

The lab employs samples either in bulk or small. The flow of samples in the lab must be seamless and efficient. Adequate cabinets for storing the samples and transporting them must be properly incorporated without interfering with the work of scientists. Trolley paths need to be planned to avoid any kind of accidents.

Strategically Located Storages

Adequate storage must be planned or the workbench will be cluttered with all kinds of glassware, samples, and reagents. Storage cabinets are specifically designed to store lab equipment, chemicals, and samples. As they are made of durable materials they are resistant to corrosion and damage. Also, the added feature of the locking mechanism keeps all the material away from unauthorized access.

Waste Management

In every lab, there is regular waste disposal and at times it poses a major challenge in many research facilities. So while setting up a lab always remember to include provisions for waste disposal. Note to include fume extraction and level indicators for waste bins.  Many novel concepts can be incorporated in this area.

Lightning and Ventilation

Adequate lighting and proper ventilation have a direct impact on productivity. Once inside the lab, researchers must feel comfortable at all times. So, artificial lightning levels, and special ventilation for smooth flow of air must be properly designed.

Room for Privacy

Modern work labs promote interdisciplinary work.  So large and open areas are encouraged to collaborate and work in a team. However, at times it may pose challenges due to noise and other interruptions. Her lab can strike a balance by placing private cubicles for reporting work.

Designing workstations and satellite space has a direct impact on productivity. Key points to remember:

  • Lab fume hoods and spot extractors must be placed along the work benches.
  • Height adjustable chairs and stools must complement work benches
  • Acoustic chambers for noisy equipment.
  • Booths for sampling and powder dispensing are strategically placed.
  • Hazard chemicals must be stored in safety cabinets. And it should be at an arm’s length away from the researcher. This will reduce any strain while taking out or storing back the materials before and after usage.
  • The strategic location of eye showers and emergency safety showers.
  • Researchers must have access to support areas such as conference rooms, libraries, and breakout spaces.
  • Wall colors and finishes should be chosen to relax the researchers and boost an effective work environment.

With a proper layout, smooth passage for material and researchers, efficient storage facility, and adequate lighting and ventilation, your lab would be productive and send positive vibes for researchers to come and work in such a stimulating environment.