Designing a laboratory nowadays should highly depend on the outcome of COVID-19. Keep in mind that the resilience of the lab design is an important factor to keep an eye on during this pandemic. Aside from that, the resistance of the present laboratory system and its operational activity should also be there. Looking on the brighter side of the future in terms of the design of the laboratory, professionals should need to observe the reduction of the risk of spreading all viruses within the laboratory are.
Factors to Consider in Designing a Resilient Laboratory
The following factors generally affect the resistance of the research laboratory areas from the distribution of viruses and bacteria.
- Air containing 100% air from the outside environment
- Air filtered using MERV 13 or more
- High air volume inside the laboratory space to keep the operational air change rate
- Utilization of containment tools that guard the working laboratory area as well as the staff
- Maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of the laboratory environment to prevent contamination
- The use of Personal Protective Equipment
Add-on Innovations that Improve the Laboratory Environment
The below technologies can produce a good impact on the laboratory occupants:
- Air filtration
- Bipolar ionization
- UV-C lighting
- Hands-free fixtures