Working in a lab these days is a spectacular balancing act. At S.E.P.S., we’re familiar with the keys to keeping labs clean and functional. Hygiene, equipment operating, and repairs need constant consideration. And considering our varied repair and certification services, S.E.P.S. knows how to maintain a lab.
The modern laboratory demands regular administrative attention. And this applies to all industries, whether it’s scientific, food research or medical. We’ve gathered some guidelines from industry experts about keeping your lab hygienic and functional. Regardless of your field, these can help make your daily operations a lot less stressful.
1. Maintain Your Direct Workspace
Essentially, this is where it all begins. In a high-volume work environment, it’s often easy to overlook. But we don’t realize just how critical it is to manage the space in which you’re working. And on a daily basis.
Keep your desk, tabletop or direct workspace clean. And not just clean, but clear and organized. Between tasks, throw away trash and sanitize the instruments used by everyone. Find storage spaces for items that take up unnecessary space and get in your way.
Lab work is mostly visual. And so much of it depends on readings and data. If you’re not seeing your work properly, it’s an incredible obstacle. Keeping your lab well lit is just as important as keeping the equipment working. Task lighting is an energy-efficient way to illuminate your space and streamline your work. You can keep your lighting systems functional with repair services in the event they’re malfunctioning.
You might view this advice as obvious, however: you’d be amazed how often it’s overlooked. Simple clutter and disorganization can lead to graver problems for the lab. In fact, many of the serious issues we’re called in to fix began as simple ones that could’ve been avoided.
The best way to accomplish this is to organize a routine with assignments to workers. Keeping your lab well organized, decluttered, and sanitary is the first step to smooth operations.
2. Preserve Your Equipment
You may think this one’s out of your hands, but that’s not true. Lab equipment is very expensive, and sometimes very fragile. But there are foolproof ways to keep your equipment working properly.
Every lab worker uses most of the equipment. Basically, that increases the risk of contamination and disrepair. And this is where the cleaning and organization can really come in handy. All lab personnel should be responsible for keeping the equipment clean and functional.
It’s also important to learn the mechanics of your equipment. This is why the paperwork provided by manufacturers should always be stored in a designated location. In the event you need it, you can easily consult it. Paperwork that comes with your equipment is basically a complete guide to keeping it functional. By learning the recommendations, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of future stress.
For your equipment, regular and thorough cleaning is essential. Schedule in-depth cleaning once every three to six months. If you simply don’t have the time, S.E.P.S. can step in and thoroughly decontaminate.
And while cleaning your equipment is important, calibrating it is vital, too. It will increase the life of machinery. It can also keep your employees safer. Equipment that hasn’t been calibrated to the right standards can lead to bigger problems than disrepair. If it hasn’t been calibrated, it can sometimes injure lab personnel or damage nearby equipment.
3. Make Sure It’s Certified!
Whether you work in a cleanroom or use equipment like fume hoods or biosafety cabinets, certification is crucial. S.E.P.S. specializes in the certification of laboratory equipment. And we understand their importance.
Lab equipment certification involves specially engineered tools and expert technicians. Rigid tests are conducted to ensure that everything is operating correctly. And certification is a way to confirm the quality of your lab.
It’s critical to make sure your equipment and work environment are both functioning properly. And it’s also important to keep the certification documents stored in a designated location.
Laboratories are often the primary frontiers for scientific innovation. Extraordinary work can be accomplished in labs. And ensuring they function well can sometimes be demanding.
But it’s entirely possible to keep your lab running smoothly and efficiently. Keeping these tips in mind can prevent costly and time-consuming problems from arising. Cleanliness, organization, and certification are all proven ways to keep your lab hygienic and functional.