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Lab Safety Pictograms and Their Meanings, Part 1

Written communication started with pictures. From Egyptian hieroglyphics to Native American petroglyphs, humans began communicating with simple visual images. While we’ve come a long way since then (as evidenced by how easily you can read this article), sometimes pictograms still give us information. This is especially true with lab safety, where lab techs want to quickly and clearly communicate information about hazardous conditions without the need for translation.

Clearing Up Any Confusion

While we naturally focus much of our lab safety concerns on the proper use of dedicated lab furniture, we know that a picture can often best convey the essence of a safety concern, but not always the underlying details. In this first of two posts, we explain (in the language we know best) the meaning behind some of the modern hazard communication standards set by OSHA.

Health Hazard

While stars are often bright and beautiful, the star on this pictogram is clearly damaging to the human it has invaded. This pictogram indicates that the materials within this labeled container are chemicals that can have a serious, sometimes long-lasting impact on the health of anyone who comes in contact with them. There are many types of harmful reactions that can occur in the human body through these hazards. They can cause cancer, respiratory issues, reproductive complications, dangerous mutations in human tissue, or adversely impact specific organs in the body.

Flame

Even our earliest ancestors would recognize this symbol. While flames are useful in everything from keeping us warm to supporting chemical reactions in your lab, flammable and combustible materials also present a lab safety hazard. Materials labeled with this symbol will easily ignite and burn in air and some of them will self-heat. Substances covered by this pictogram take many forms, including liquids and solids as well as gases and aerosols. All such materials must be kept far not only from open flames and heat, but also sparks and other potential ignition sources.

General Warning

This exclamation point is more nuanced, referring to general lab safety warnings that aren’t covered in more specific categories. This cautionary pictogram reminds lab workers that safety issues can arise anywhere in your lab. This sign might appear on a doorway, leading into a work area that contains particularly hazardous processes. It might also be found on a cabinet that hangs particularly low over the work surface of some dedicated lab furniture. There could be a multitude of meanings for this pictogram, so the basic message is to be cautious and pay attention. Check with someone if you aren’t certain about safety procedures, or the proper handling of specific equipment or substances.

Compressed Gas

The first high-pressure gas cylinders were crafted in the 1880s, so this is a pictogram that any modern lab technician would recognize. Three types of compressed gases are commonly used in labs: liquefied gases (which become liquid at room temperature when compressed), non-liquefied gases (which retain their gaseous state at room temperature when compressed), and dissolved gases (gaseous reservoir hydrocarbons which have been dissolved in liquid reservoir hydrocarbons). It is the pressure under which these gases are stored that makes them hazardous, creating the possibility for explosions, fire, or injury from a fast-moving emission from the cylinder.

Corrosion

Corrosive materials are substances that can eat away at everything from human skin to metal instruments and the work surfaces of your dedicated lab furniture. The keys to safe storage of corrosive substances include maintaining them at proper temperature and humidity. The keys to safe usage of these materials is the use of proper protection, including goggles, gloves, and other protective gear.

Pictograms are increasingly common in our multicultural world. It’s always helpful to be reminded of their meanings. It’s also always helpful to make a lab safety investment in dedicated lab furniture. Our IonBenches use a specially designed laminate that can withstand many potential lab accidents that could be caused by these corrosive or flammable materials we’ve just discussed.

To learn more about how our lab benches are dedicated to your safety, contact Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233. Also stay tuned for the second in our series on lab safety pictograms in our next post.

Come Meet Us at the ASMS Conference!

The American Society of Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) is holding their annual conference in Atlanta in less than a month, and Tim Hawkins will be there. He loves to talk about our dedicated lab furniture, and conferences like ASMS are a great chance to see our IonBench MS and IonBench LC in person. If you’re going to be in Atlanta for ASMS June 2–6, stop by Booth 626. Tim will be happy to discuss with you our mass spectrometry aims and respond to your questions about our dedicated lab furniture.

The ASMS Conference

This year will be the 67th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. Over 6,500 scientists and technicians will attend, over 3,000 papers (both posters and talks) will be presented, and almost 200 corporate members will host booths like ours in the Exhibit Hall. All of this provides an excellent opportunity to connect with other MS professionals, discuss the latest advances  in this always-expanding field, and stop by our booth to see our dedicated lab furniture in person.

Highlights of This Year’s Mass Spectrometry Conference

There are myriad opportunities at this MS conference to learn more about what’s happening with mass spectrometry around the world. The first evening begins with an opening Plenary Lecture by Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University: “Transitioning the World Energy for All Purposes to Stable Electricity Powered by 100% Wind, Water, and Sunlight.” This will be followed by four days of oral sessions and three days of workshops. The conference closes with another Plenary Lecture by Lilly D’Angelo of Global Food & Beverage Technology Associates, on “the Chemistry of Food and Soft Drins.”

Some of the many oral session offerings that have caught our attention include these sessions: Portable and Transportable Mass Spectrometers (which would not need our dedicated lab furniture to operate safely), Cannabis Testing, Covalent Labeling, Plant “omics,” Emerging Contaminants, and even Art, Archaeology, and Paleontology. There will be sessions on new developments in everything from ionization and sampling to mass analyzers and MS in the hospital operating room.

The ASMS workshops look just as intriguing. You can learn how to teach mass spectrometry to undergraduates, get your results published through NIH and NSF, learn the latest trends in ion trap MS, and discover what’s unfolding with mass spectrometry in the developing world. There are also opportunities to network and for fellow women mass spectrometrists to celebrate with each other, and attendees can even catch the lighter side with “LC-MS Jeopardy – I’ll Take Increasing Throughput for $200.”

Hope You’ll Be There!

As you can see, there’s something for everyone at this year’s ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. We hope you’re planning to attend and will take some time away from all those oral sessions and workshops to stop by the exhibit hall. If you want to set up an appointment with Tim Hawkins ahead of time, feel free to contact him today via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Setting Up Reliable Lab Safety Policies and Protocols, Part 2

Every lab needs a current collection of lab safety policies and protocols. Our prior post began a two-part series about general lab safety rules. In this post, we complete the series—with the caveat that, because every lab situation is unique, these lists should be amended to meet the specific needs of your lab and your work there. Please also note that these relatively brief posts should never be considered comprehensive guides to addressing every lab safety issue.

With these provisos, here is Part 2.

General Lab Safety Rules

  • Never operate lab equipment without first being trained, tested, and approved as a user by your supervisor or other authorized lab personnel.
  • Never chew gum, drink, or eat while working in the lab. Foreign substances should never be brought into the lab because cross-contamination can endanger your health and raise the possibility of contaminating your work.
  • Laboratory glassware should never be used to hold food or drink. (If you follow the prior rule about cross-contamination, this one will never become an issue.)
  • Each time you use lab glassware, carefully check for chips and cracks. Do not use any damaged glassware, and if you discover any issues, notify your lab supervisor. Regarding lab safety and the possibility of cross-contamination, damaged glassware should be properly disposed.
  • Never lift anything (solutions, apparatuses, glassware) above eye level. (Our answer for that doesn’t involve a step stool.)
  • Do not attempt to repair equipment problems yourself. If an instrument or piece of equipment does not operate properly or fails while during a procedure, immediately report the issue to a technician.
  • Do not use open flame in your lab unless you have explicit permission from a qualified supervisor.
  • Always work in properly ventilated areas and verify that all fume hoods or snorkels are on and operational.
  • Never touch, smell, or taste chemicals. If you are uncertain about something, do not use it.
  • Never pipette by mouth.
  • Always follow established protocols for disposing of lab waste, including all items used in cleaning up after any procedures or lab accidents.
  • Never leave an ongoing experiment unattended.
  • Never work alone in the lab. When you leave the lab (for a break or at the end of your shift), verify that you aren’t leaving someone else alone in the lab.
  • If you are the last person to leave the lab, turn off every ignition source and lock all cabinets and doors.

IonBench believes in operating safely in every lab and safety is also critical in the manufacturing of our dedicated lab furniture. Our IonBench LC safely rises and lowers with the touch of a button—you don’t have to lift anything above eye level to service your HPLC or UHPLC. To learn more about other safety features we have built into our IonBench MS and IonBench LC, contact Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Setting Up a Sound Set of Lab Safety Policies and Protocols, Part 1

Every lab should have an up-to-date set of lab safety policies and protocols. A sound and comprehensive set of rules and reminders can prevent most of the lab safety accidents about which we periodically post.

So, we’ve put together some idea starters to give lab managers and policymakers a few building blocks for their own policies. The list is extensive and will take two posts to cover, but it should not be considered as a complete guide to lab safety issues. Every lab is different and any list will need to be expanded upon and tailored to meet the particular needs of your lab.

With these caveats, here is part one of our list.

General Lab Safety Rules

  • Before you begin working in any lab, locate and read all fire alarm and safety signs. If you do not understand any signage or posted rules, get assistance or a translation as necessary.
  • Make sure you know where your lab’s exits and fire alarm pull stations are located.
  • Know your building’s evacuation procedures. If any renovation is underway in your building, learn whether it will impact those evacuation procedures, and then determine and practice an alternate route to safety.
  • Know where to find the phone numbers you need to use in case of an emergency. Store those numbers on your phone so they are always with you, regardless of where in the lab or building you might be.
  • Make sure you know where your lab’s safety equipment is stored and how to use it. This can include fire extinguishers, first aid kits, eye-wash stations, and safety showers.
  • Make certain that any lab areas containing hazardous materials and machinery (such as biohazards, carcinogens, radioisotopes, and lasers) are properly marked with appropriate warning signs.
  • Do not install or store dedicated lab furniture, instruments, or equipment within a three-foot radius of any and all building fire sprinkler heads.
  • If you notice any unsafe conditions in your lab, let your supervisor know immediately.
  • If there is a fire drill, be certain to turn off all electrical equipment and close all containers before departing the lab.
  • Follow all instructions in the event of an accident or emergency, and encourage others to do the same. (Your safety can be compromised by a colleague’s careless disregard for lab safety rules.)
  • If you have been injured or need assistance, shout out as loudly as you can, as soon as possible, to summon help.
  • If a chemical splashes into your eye(s) or onto your skin, immediately flush the affected areas with running water for at least 20 minutes (preferably using the eye-wash station or safety shower previously noted).
  • Report all injuries, accidents, and broken equipment or glass immediately. No incident is too small or unimportant to be reported when lab safety is at stake.

Here at IonBench, we promote safety in every way possible. We have designed our dedicated lab furniture to put safety first. To learn more about all the safety features of the IonBench MS and IonBench LC, contact Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233. Also stay tuned for Part two of our list of General Lab Safety Rules.

Snorkels, Ventilation and Lab Safety

Snorkels don’t just turn up at the beach. They also have an important, and sometimes controversial use in lab safety. These local exhaust extractors can be useful for removing heat, but snorkels are, by design, an open system. This makes them less than ideal for removing harmful vapors from your lab. Here is some of the controversy surrounding snorkels, as well as an effective use when attached to dedicated lab furniture, like our IonBenches.

Why Are Snorkels Controversial?

As noted, snorkels operate as an open system and are therefore tough to test for actual effectiveness. While they may draw a certain cubic feet per second, that figure is dependent on the air pressure in the room and can be influenced by other devices that may be operating in the lab.

If you seek to attach a snorkel to a fume hood, you must have one designed for that purpose—this might be an expensive replacement for minimal gain. Different velocities are needed to evacuate different materials. For these reasons and more, it’s always best to enclose the entire procedure in a fume hood to allow for safe and effective ventilation and preserve lab safety.

Why Are Snorkels a Lab Safety Issue?

Snorkels are loud. A typical snorkel can add 60 dBA or more to the noise level in your lab—especially since staff must work very close to the snorkel in order for it to be effective. We’ve discussed in prior posts the lab safety issues that arise in a noisy lab.

We’ve also heard that the noise is sometimes loud enough that staff turn off the snorkels. This creates a larger problem if HVAC controls for the room have been set on the presumption that multiple snorkels are in use. When you turn off those snorkels, the room can shift from negative to positive pressure, creating an environmental lab safety issue.

Why Snorkels Can Work When Properly Attached to Dedicated Lab Furniture

Snorkels are not ideal for many types of lab work, but they can be effective for venting hot air. Your mass spec is far too big to fit under a fume hood, but it does generate a lot of heat from within the bench itself. This is why we have designed two different heat ventilation features for our dedicated lab furniture to cool it with safety in mind.

The first ventilation feature for our IonBench MS comes standard with every piece of dedicated lab furniture designed for mass specs. It consists of four to six fans built into the back of the bench to safely ventilate heat from the roughing pumps. The second ventilation feature can easily connect to a well-designed snorkel. Our Heat Removal Module allows for a direct connection to a snorkel or to your building’s main heat exhaust system.

Would you like to learn more about how our dedicated lab furniture can support lab safety by efficiently evacuating excess heat and odors? Contact Tim Hawkins today via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Recognizing a Noise Safety Researcher

Yes, we manufacture dedicated lab furniture. We also care about the health and well-being of the researchers who use our lab benches. This is why we post occasional news about lab safety, noise safety, and preventable lab accidents. This time we’re focusing on the long-term work done by a naval researcher who recently won an important award for his noise safety research.

The Safe-in-Sound Award

The honor is the Safe-in-Sound award, which was created by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Hearing Conservation Association. The award is focused on recognizing excellence in hearing-loss prevention. This year’s winner, Kurt Yankaskas, manages the Office of Naval Research’s noise-induced hearing-loss program. His focus is on reducing and mitigating the prolonged exposure to high levels of noise that many sailors encounter in the line of duty.

Noise Safety Challenges in the U.S. Navy

Naval vessels and shipyards are noisy places. Sailors work alongside machines that routinely exceed the safe decibel rating for significant periods of time. In fact, those who serve on Navy ships can be surrounded by noise for 24 hours a day, with no relief for ears or brain (what researchers call audiological rest). Even with hearing protection, the noise generated by airplanes taking off and landing on aircraft carriers (with noise levels over 150 dBA), for example, can be a significant source of noise safety issues, including workplace safety, quality of life, and communicational effectiveness.

It is this final issue of communication on which Mr. Yankaskas has focused his research. As we have discussed before, hearing and understanding verbal commands and conversation can be critical to safety in any workplace situation, especially the laboratory. Extended exposure to such high, and continuous, levels of sound can damage essential auditory nerves and even alter brain circuits. Mr. Yankaskas and his team focus on four multidisciplinary areas: noise control, susceptibility, medical research, and hearing protection. His passion and commitment to this work, and to educating the public on the issue of noise safety, were additional factors in his receiving the Safe-in-Sound award last month.

Noise Safety Challenges in Your Lab Environment

Fortunately, we don’t all have to work around noisy jet fighter engines. However, all labs have some lab safety issues, including the buildup of noise in the work environment. For many, extended exposure to mass spec roughing pump noise can become a noise safety issue, especially in the area of clear and comprehensible communication.

This is why we have crafted the IonBench MS with its noise-masking vacuum pump enclosures. We guarantee a 15 dBA reduction in noise output with our dedicated lab furniture, which is more than a 75 percent reduction in noise levels. Our vibration reduction system also minimizes the noise from mass spec vibrations.

We congratulate Mr. Yankaskas for his work and his commitment to educating people within and beyond the Navy on the issues of noise-induced hearing loss. To learn more about how our IonBench MS can help support noise safety in your lab, contact Tim Hawkins today via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Celebrating Fifty Plus Years of Mass Spectrometry in Space

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon. That momentous occasion was made possible by some of our finest technology—including mass spectrometry. For example, dating all the way back to the first Apollo missions, earlier generations of the mass spec were keeping an eye on cabin air quality. In this post, we recognize and celebrate the various roles played by mass spectrometry in more than fifty years of space exploration.

The Use of Mass Spectrometry in the Moon and Orbital Space Programs

Atmospheric analysis was the primary purpose for mass spectrometry in the first decades of the space program. Initially, it was used to monitor VOCs during early space flights. Once we actually landed on the moon, mass spectrometry was tapped again to analyze the moon’s atmosphere. Today, mass spectrometry is currently used to monitor air quality at the International Space Station.

Much of the revolutionary nature of mass spec’s use in space exploration had to do with transforming MS instruments to withstand the unique challenges of space. Both the analytical capabilities of mass spectrometry and the logistical needs of mass spec instruments themselves were challenged by operating in that most unforgiving environment. MS sensitivity, selectivity, and speed of processing all had to be addressed. The instruments themselves had to take up minimal space, weigh as little as possible, draw from a very limited power supply, and be able to withstand the significant gravitational forces of being hurled into space, as well as the radiation they encountered once they got there. Much of that successful miniaturization has contributed to the plethora of new mass spec uses today, some of which we’ve discussed previously.

Mass Spectrometry and Planetary Exploration

Mass spectrometry has also contributed much to our knowledge of Mars. The Viking landers and orbiters deployed mass specs that taught scientists most of what they knew about Mars until after the millennium, including revolutionary ideas about the possibility of water on the red planet. While those early lander missions were supposed to last just 90 days, Viking 1 continually sent information back for six years. (Can you imagine any lab’s mass specs being asked to perform reliably and remotely for years without servicing?)

Such explorations aren’t limited to Mars. The Huygens Probe, launched from Cassini, sampled the atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan a decade ago, finding complex organic compounds. The Pioneer Venus probe carried five mass specs, which had to be specially modified to handle the volume of incoming data as the probe rushed through the atmosphere, and also needed to discount background contamination by metal ions that would disperse off the instrument’s surface. Today, the Curiosity Rover is analyzing Mars as you read this, using a quadrupole mass spec to sample various rock layers as it moves across the surface of the planet.

Mass Spec’s Future, on Earth and in Space

As noted above, scientific advancements that enabled the MS to take flight have revolutionized the mass spectrometer here on earth. Newer technologies have included the direct sampling ion trap and ion-mobility spectrometry. Direct sampling allows for real-time air monitoring, which is essential for the health of humans in space. Ion-mobility spectrometry is used today to detect drugs and explosives, and the speed of its separations and ease of use are proving to be game-changers here on earth.

Meanwhile, another mass spectrometer has arrived where no human—or human instrument—has gone before: the sun. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is currently orbiting the sun, collecting data that is expected to revolutionize scientific understanding of our home star. The first batch of data has arrived back here on earth and scientists are eager to interpret what this mass spec has discovered.

While IonBench dedicated lab furniture has yet to go into space, we are proud of all the work our benches have done to support MS work here on earth. To learn how IonBenches can support your mass spectrometry projects, reach out to Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Saluting Mass Spectrometry Award Winners at Upcoming Pittcon

Pittcon (the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy) happens in Philadelphia March 17–21. QuietBench will be there with information on our IonBenches, as will a number of luminaries in the fields of chromatography and mass Spectrometry. This is your chance to talk in person about our dedicated lab furniture.

The LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award

This year’s Pittcon will honor Milos Novotny of Indiana University with a lifetime achievement award. A major contributor to advancements in the field of chromatography, Novotny developed a world-class research program that trains the next generation of leaders. We’ve designed our moveable IonBench LC to support their efforts—and yours—with adjustable height ranges and the capacity to handle up to 500 kg of heavy weight, such as tandem processes, on a single piece of dedicated lab furniture.

The Pittcon Heritage Award

Dedicated lab furniture is not the only critical element that supports leaders such as Novotny. Without reliable, quality consumables, lab processes would grind to a halt and comparative analyses would falter. Over fifty years ago, Walter Supina and Nicholas Pelick founded Supelco to provide researchers with columns, standards, reagents, and accessories to keep their work moving forward. Pittcon will honor these pioneers who anticipated that, as chromatography grew, solving emerging analytical challenges required specific and dedicated tools.

Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award

This award will be presented to a retiring professor of chemistry at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. Yukihiro (Yuki) Ozaki focused four decades of applying various types of spectroscopy. We believe that dedicated lab furniture should support his work—and others like it—and we strive to make our lab benches last for as long as his tenure.

LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award

Finally, we know that fields such as chromatography always evolve, and this year, Pittcon leaders will present their Emerging Leader award to Ken Broeckhoven of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Broeckhoven’s research optimizes separation performance, and his efforts have resulted in over sixty published papers and forty talks. His focus on the fundamentals of chromatography reminds us of the need for a strong foundation—such as the one you will find in every IonBench.

If you’re coming to Pittcon, look for us. We’ll be exhibiting, along with our sister company MS Noise, at booth 2158. Discover why our IonBenches are so strong under pressure and so innovative in the constantly changing fields of mass spectrometry and chromatography. To set up an appointment or if you can’t make the conference, contact Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Why Everyday Noises Impact Lab Safety

We frequently point out the risks of a noisy lab environment. But workplace noise is only part of the exposure we all get daily. You see, we all encounter a variety of noise sources every day.

The total amount of noise you experience outside the lab on a given day will impact the amount your body can endure inside the lab. Thus, lab safety must take into account the bigger picture.

OSHA Guidelines and Lab Safety Parameters

As we’ve discussed before, OSHA recommends an exposure to noise safety levels of no more than 85 dBA during an eight-hour period. However, the recommended maximum exposure level limit drops exponentially as the noise volume increases. This means that lab safety parameters for a noise exposure level of 110 dBA would be only for a duration of one minute and 29 seconds. Obviously, noise exposure at such high levels, while rare in labs, cannot be a sustainable feature of any workplace.

Mounting dBA Exposure with Everyday Noises

To give you a sense of the scope of the issue, let’s consider what a morning routine for a worker might be like. They are awakened by an alarm clock (65-80 dBA), grind their morning coffee beans (70-80 dBA) and boil water in a whistling teakettle (80), then shower and blow-dry their hair (60-95) and/or use an electric razor (50-80). This means, before they’ve even left the house, they’ve been exposed to multiple minutes of noise that is near or above the OSHA recommendation.

When your employees leave the house, it just gets worse. Heavy traffic is rated at 85 dBA, while the subway is rated between 90-115. Encountering a jackhammer in road construction will expose them to 130 and the siren of a passing ambulance will add another 120. By the time they reach work, their ears, brain and heart have already been exposed to significant amounts of noise.

Here are some additional common noise levels that can impact employees in your lab:

Home
•       TV audio – 70
•       Garbage disposal – 70-95
•       Flush toilet – 75-85
•       Doorbell – 80
•       Food processor – 80-90
•       Blender – 80-90
•       Garbage disposal – 80-95
•       Baby crying – 110
Work
•       Quiet office, library – 40
•       Large office or lab – 50
•       power lawn mower–65-95
•       Manual tools – 80
•       Handsaw – 85
•       Jet plane (at ramp) – 120
•       Chainsaw – 125
•       Air raid siren – 130
Other
•       Noisy restaurant – 85
•       Shouted conversation – 90
•       Motorcycle – 95-100
•       Symphony concert – 110
•       Car horn – 110
•       Rock concert 110-120
•       Walkman/MP3 Player – 112
•       Football game – 117

Preventing Noise Level Overload in Your Lab

Obviously, with so much noise around us at all times, it’s critical for lab safety and employee health to minimize noise in your lab. This is why we have integrated multiple noise-reducing factors into our IonBench MS. Our vacuum pump enclosures guarantee a noise-reduction level of 15 dBA. Our dedicated lab furniture is vibration-free and our cooling fans are isolated and quiet.

If you’re ready to focus on lab safety and cut down on cumulative noise exposure, contact Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233 to learn more about our dedicated lab furniture.

2018 Lab Design of the Year Winner Includes Many Innovations

The annual international Laboratory of the Year Awards recognize “excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction.” In this post, we salute the facility that was awarded 2018 Laboratory of the Year and discuss how some elements of its design philosophy integrate seamlessly with our mission to provide the best in dedicated lab furniture that fits into any lab design.

And the Winner Is: CJ Blossom Park

The 2018 award was given to South Korea’s CJ Blossom Park. The architects, CannonDesign, created a three-tower flower-petal shape that represents and houses the three formerly separate and still distinct science divisions within CJ Corporation. This R&D headquarters allows for cross-operational collaboration, centralized administration, and the inclusion of a number of stress-lowering features for employees that are designed to prevent burnout.

A Lab Design Philosophy of Science without Stress

Key to many elements within this lab design is a recognition that stress is a constant factor in modern life. One of CJ Corporation’s goals is to attract and retain the next generation of young scientists. Created in collaboration with CannonDesign, the resulting lab design incorporates not just innovative laboratories and workspaces but almost 50 different types of amenities that take up 10% of the total square footage of the building complex. These facilities include a library, fitness rooms and a spa, sleeping pods, coffee shops, and a café.

The facilities include a variety of elements designed to bring nature into the building. There is an indoor “living forest” that can be viewed from inside the laboratories and a multistory, calming water garden on the bottom floors. The landscaped grounds sit adjacent to a park that provides glimpses of trees and a grassy hillside from many portions of the facility.

Incorporating the Best Dedicated Lab Furniture, Features, and Flexibility

All of this is nice, but would not be of much value if the working lab features weren’t also well-designed. The facility uses a universal lab bench design and size, which we have previously noted is an efficient and flexible solution to frequently changing processes and procedures. Each piece of its dedicated lab furniture is serviced from an overhead boom that provides power, data, and lab gasses.

The three petals/towers are designed to maximize available natural light for the lab segments as a whole. CannonDesign used advanced barometric monitoring to track the sun’s movement around the facility, then created a lab design that maximizes use of natural daylight. It saved energy and cost by separating ambient lighting from more focused, powerful (and expensive) task lighting, which can be moved in conjunction with the dedicated lab furniture when layouts need to be reconfigured.

Lab design innovations can provide valuable efficiencies to any modern lab. This is why we take note of awards such as Laboratory of the Year. We applaud the winning lab’s innovations and look forward to supporting other labs by sharing ideas on how to utilize our dedicated lab furniture in their lab design plans. For more information, contact Tim Hawkins today via email or at 1-888-669-1233.