If you are planning to install laboratory tables, or planning on getting a new lab sink for your facility, you need to make sure that some preconditions are met before you start the project. These preconditions are essential for ensuring the safety, functionality and durability of your laboratory furniture. In this post, we’ll review some preconditions that you should check before installing laboratory tables and sinks.
Do it Right – The first Time!
Installing a laboratory sink, or laying out tables on the lab floor, is not a trivial task. It requires careful planning, preparation and execution to ensure safety, functionality and compliance with the relevant standards and regulations. If you plan on doing it right, here are three best practices to follow:
- Compliance with codes and standards
The first precondition is to comply with the codes and standards that apply to the installation of your laboratory table and sink. You need to follow the regulations and guidelines that govern the design, installation and operation of your laboratory furniture. You should also consult with the authorities, inspectors and experts who can advise you on the compliance issues. Make sure to review relevant Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
- Adequate space and layout
Another precondition is to have enough space and layout for your laboratory tables and sinks. You need to measure the dimensions of your room and plan the placement of your furniture accordingly. You should also consider the workflow, accessibility and ergonomics of your laboratory staff. Some factors to consider are:
- The distance between the tables and the sinks
- The clearance for opening drawers and cabinets
- The location of electrical outlets and plumbing fixtures
- The ventilation and lighting of the room
And don’t forget to Familiarize yourself with the National Institute of Health (NIH) guidelines!
- Quality installation service
Yet another precondition is to hire a quality installation service for your laboratory tables and sinks. You need to find a reputable and experienced contractor who can install your furniture properly and safely. You should also verify the credentials, references and warranty of your contractor. Some factors to consider are:
- The qualifications, certifications and licenses of your contractor
- The previous projects and reviews of your contractor
- The timeline, cost and scope of your project
- The communication, coordination and supervision of your contractor
By meeting these preconditions, you can ensure that your laboratory tables and sinks are installed correctly and function optimally. You can also avoid any delays, errors or accidents that could compromise your laboratory quality and safety. Most importantly, though, is to source your laboratory furniture from a reputable source. Not heeding that prerequisite may leave your lab sink or table vulnerable to safety, compliance and quality issues.
Whether it’s used lab equipment, or brand-new pieces of lab furniture, at LEI Sales, we understand that our clients need flexibility in their solutions. That’s why we offer an industry-unique “Buy now, pay later” flexible financial solution. Why not reach out to our team to learn more about how you can buy your lab furniture now, and put it to use immediately. You’ll only pay over time – and thanks to our flexible payment plans, that too is in easily affordable installments!