Lab Area Workstations
How to make them work for you
Ergonomically correct, versatility and adherence to lab rules and regulations are important factors to consider when you are planning to build a lab testing workstation.
The workstation should provide a high level of productivity, be flexible for future changes as well as be aesthetically appealing. Common elements like water spills and harsh chemicals are part and parcel of most of lab areas and must be taken into account while planning how the workstation will be designed.
At Commercial Design Control Inc. we make sure all of the above factors are kept in mind when we are challenged by such a project. We adhere and meet all the compliance requirements that are standard for laboratory workstation design. Our job is to make sure our clients get a workstation that will suit their needs for the various element conditions within the laboratory and the budget the client has set out for project.
Layout: When designing a lab area workstation, today’s furniture trends are to keep the area open with lower levels of privacy. We achieve that by using a 50” sitting height privacy divider panel that allows the user to have a level of privacy while sitting in the station but maintains the openness of the general area for those walking around the area. However, if there is a need for more privacy we recommend using a 69” high divider panel which will give the area standing height privacy. These divider panels should be made from laminate or metal tiles with aluminum or metal frames which should be raised 4” off the ground by using a post leg. These panels will provide the extra privacy and raising them off the floor will protect against floor spills and moisture. The panels can also be used to hold storage items such as shelves, device holders and paper trays.
Workstations: We recommend our clients use a work surface that is made from nonporous material either metal or high pressure laminate. The tops should be min. 2” thick and be height adjustable. A corner surface is recommended where the computer is first and foremost and used to keep the work within “arms reach”. In the case where a laptop is used, a straight surface with proper laptop storage will be adequate and serves well to spread out testing equipment brought back to the workstation.
Electrical and Wire Management: Electrical and cabling management should be stored within a self-contained box built up off the floor and easily accessible to the user providing a safe place for all wiring and computer/phone cabling. The box should be easy to access with a secure cover plate enclosing the wires.
Secured Storage: Secured storage is an important factor to consider when designing a lab station. Adding a private wardrobe/storage cabinet with lock for your researchers will provide a safe space to store their belongings like jackets, lab coats and work boots as well as keep the station and floor area clean while they are away from the workstation. Laptops and other devices can be locked away when the user is not in the station.
Multipurpose Case goods: Built-in or modular furniture that serves the purpose of double purpose of file storage and seating is an excellent solution. 2 drawer lateral files are the answer for keeping files within the station while making the unit more efficient in terms of space. Lap top storage shelves are designed into the cabinet for the user to make sure their devices are kept locked while not being used.
Mobile Furniture: Mobile storage cabinets with wheels and cushion tops are used for filing and guest seating for visitors. Items like mobile TV stands, task lights, computer tables, monitor arms, CPU holders are a good investment and will withstand the ever changing needs of the lab area.
A safe, flexible, high performance lab station should address the above factors and include the products as mentioned.