Risk Mitigation and Management

Incorporating safe design principles is fundamental to a good laboratory design. These principles should consider the safety of those who maintain, clean and repair a laboratory building or structure, as well as those who work in or visit the laboratory.

Laboratory personnel, designers, architects, engineers, and others involved in the laboratory design and construction process, have an important role to play in identifying health and safety risks that could arise throughout the life cycle of the laboratory building or structure and where practicable, eliminating or reducing risks during the design and construction phase.

Our design philosophy for laboratories is firmly rooted in the hierarchy of controls principles and every design that we undertake seeks to incorporate these principles, starting with the initial identification of risks and ending with the validation of the engineering controls to ensure their effectiveness.

Identification of Risks

Risks cannot be managed if they are not first identified, our experienced team can provide knowledgeable input when identifying risks using their experience in many industries and laboratories.

A thorough understanding of the work to be performed in the laboratory is crucial if all the risks inherent in the laboratory are to be identified.

Assessment & Quantification

Once risks are identified the likelihood and consequence or severity of each risk needs to be quantified using a consistently applied methodology.

It is important to develop an understanding of the nature of the risk and its potential to harm technicians and visitors.

Mitigation

Set out a plan to treat or modify risks to achieve acceptable risk levels.

Create risk mitigation strategies, preventive plans and contingency plans in this step.

Validation

Ensure that the strategies developed perform as expected and that the risks have been sufficiently mitigated.

This step closes the control loop and any well-developed safety program will continually identify new risks or changes in processes which may increase or decrease the risk in the laboratory. Our service team of qualified technicians are a valuable resource to any laboratory management team as not only are they able to perform bi-annual equipment validations according to all the applicable standards, but their extensive experience gained by years of validating laboratory equipment in a diverse range of industries can assist in transferring best practices and identifying improvement opportunities.