Designing laboratories that allow for safe and efficient research requires input and collaboration between researchers, architects, engineers and lab planners. Michael Labosky of MIT, Ellen Sweet of Cornell University, and Melinda Box of N.C. State University discussed the challenges of designing and operating labs from multiple perspectives, using concrete examples from the real world. This ACS Webinar is moderated by Environmental Safety Manager Ralph Stuart of Keene State College and is co-produced with the ACS Division of Chemical Safety and the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety. The webinar was recorded and is available to ACS members at http://www.acs.org/webinars Information from the webinar is provided below. If you have any follow up questions about this webinar, let us know at email@example.com
References cited during the webinar include:
- Laboratory Design, Construction, and Renovation Participants, Process, and Product 2001 from the National Academies Press (PDF free to download)
- Guidelines for Laboratory Design: Health, Safety, and Environmental Considerations, Fourth Edition 2013, Author: Louis J. DiBerardinis, Janet S. Baum, Melvin W. First, Gari T. Gatwood, Anand K. Seth
- ASHRAE guidelines for Classification of Laboratory Ventilation Design Levels (PDF free to download)
ACS Chemical Health & Safety special issue articles currently available:
Safe Lab Design: A Call for Papers https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.chas.1c00034
Code Considerations for the Design of Laboratories Which Will Also House Pilot Plants
Planning and Building Laboratories: A Collaboration among Many
Controls for University Fabrication Laboratories—Best Practices for Health and Safety
Design and Practice of an Organic Analysis Laboratory to Enhance Laboratory Safety
Comments from the audience:
- Working with Undergraduate Students is really a challenging task for us. The information shared through the webinars are really helpful and beneficial for us.
- We are planning a new lab, it was just great!
- Very good overview of the challenges associated with the design and maintenance of acceptable air handling for laboratories. The speakers were exceptionally knowledgeable, and this presentation was very useful.
- This webinar is a new window of safety and security in labs
- This was definitely for the inexperienced in lab safety design
- This was an excellent and very relevant webinar. Re-consulting the notes and, more importantly, the recorded version will be useful as a significant amount of relevant information was given verbally and could barely be noted down (lack of time!). Maybe this can be corrected by adding more point-form keywords and statements on slides would help following the talks.
- This was a great learning experience, I work indirectly with the labs almost every day. Our ventilation systems are top tier but it’s great to understand some of the design aspects and procedural steps to take in order to create an effective and comprehensive system. I may not use this information daily but it’s a great refresher.
- Someone in the chat had a great suggestion for chemical inventory.
- Showed me I am on the right track and pointed out some key things that I can further look into to make my lab safer
- It was very informative and a very good overview.
- It was beneficial to hear from peer institutions, especially with respect to ventilation. During the Q&A, the questions pertaining to core safety topics for the various levels if chemistry curriculum was also interesting.
- I was provided with a great deal of additional resources to consult as we begin planning a revamping of our existing high school chemistry laboratory.
- I hope to put in practice the knowledge acquired in laboratory design for safety and sustainability
- I have benefited immensely from the little I was able to grab
- I am working in a lab that has no such facilities and most of the time we ignored it as it was not in our hands. But here in this webinar, I have learnt many safety measures. I think this makes a difference in the safety measures of our lab.
- I am planning to start a electroplating set up for my research work so definitely it has benefited me.
- Excellent information from qualified professionals w/ real world experience and helpful insight.
- El webinar me sirve como soporte para dar recomendaciones en la construcción del laboratorio de la CDMB que se está realizando en estos momentos en Bucaramanga – Colombia. Soy el jefe de ese laboratorio y debo estar preparado para emitir conceptos o aportar en la toma de decisiones para el laboratorio.
- As EHS professional it is refreshing to see that lab users get more educated and aware of the lab ventilation issues and challenges
- As an EHS professional, it primarily reinforced information that I already knew. However, the presenters offered good tips or ideas as well.
One thought on “ACS Webinar: Working Together to Design Safer Laboratories”
I interact with the labs on a daily basis. I concur that it takes the participation and cooperation of researchers, architects, engineers, and lab planners to design laboratories that enable safe and effective research. Our ventilation systems might use some improvement, and I believe we need to grasp basic design principles. I’ll consult with the lab planners and other professionals to ensure that we achieve the greatest lab design.