Smooth and successful lab relocation starts here!
The priority of any lab move is to uphold the integrity of biological material. Everything balances on this. Most organizations partner with an experienced lab relocation provider to preserve sample quality and equipment.
So – if you are transferring your lab, these points can help make the mission as smooth as possible.
Transporting frozen samples in lab relocation
Biological collections are irreplaceable. And losing samples can be costly. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates cold-chain failures in transport cost almost $300 million a year.
The most important part of sample transport is maintaining sample integrity. The best way to do this is to prevent temperature cycling. Temperature changes above -80°C can adversely affect sample quality. So, make sure all freezers are maintained according to manufacturer guidelines. They should be validated and qualified.
It is even more important to have back-up redundancies in case of freezer failure. These include back-up freezers and generators along with liquid nitrogen on each truck.
Regulatory-compliance and traceability are equally important components of a lab move. Maintaining them requires lab moving professionals with specific experience. Properly documented paperwork must be in place during the full chain of custody.
Dealing with regulated chemicals in lab relocation
Many chemicals commonly used in labs are classified as hazardous materials and subject to regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT).
The Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HTMA) outlines how to label, package, and transport lab chemicals. Most states require drivers carrying hazardous materials to have a license to do so.
If transporting across several states, this can involve a lot of paperwork. Everyone who transports hazardous chemicals is also legally required to undergo appropriate training.
Count on experts for your lab relocation
Brooks Life Sciences’ highly specialized cold-chain logistics and relocation teams transport samples for biopharmaceutical companies, laboratories, and research institutions across the country.
We work with each client to tailor our systems to their exacting needs. We also make sure the move is efficient, cost-effective – and preserves the integrity of frozen collections from start to finish.
Our experts are IATA and USDOT trained and certified in logistics and packaging. We are also fully compliant with federal and state regulations.
We can provide temperature-controlled environments ranging from ambient to -190°C. We also have multiple redundancies on trucks during transit such as back-up freezers, generators, and liquid nitrogen supply.
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