Lab Relocation And Decommissioning

Guest Blog from CRB: Biologics Facility Considerations

Safety Partners welcomes the chance to share information from other companies serving the life science industry in MA and NY.

Today we’re proud to share our first guest blog, from CRB! CRB is a leading provider of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction, and consulting solutions to the global life sciences and advanced technology industries.

Moving to the Suburbs

Seems everyone is talking about how the coronavirus pandemic is contributing to an already growing life science industry in the Boston area. With this growth, life science firms and particularly those in biologics, are looking towards the suburbs both as a place to spread out and expand their operations and as a cost-saving alternative to the overheated Cambridge and Boston markets.

Good access to regional transit for talent and materials along with new suburban amenities of restaurants, retail, and hotels make this an attractive option.

Biotech companies planning operations in the suburbs can focus on some key considerations.

Start with a robust programming process that […]

Relocations Require Thorough Lease Language Review

Lease requirements can be vague when it comes to stipulating the level of decontamination or decommissioning necessary upon exiting a space.  Some leases are very clear that a full decommissioning must be completed in compliance with the ANSI standard, but other times there is room for interpretation.   When vacating lab space, it is necessary to determine the level of decontamination or decommissioning necessary far in advance of the relocation date.

There are many factors to consider when relocating, but the overall level of detail required for leaving the space in compliance with lease requirements is one of the initial questions that needs to be answered.  Some companies opt to complete a full decommissioning even when lease conditions do not require it.  When a full decommissioning is conducted, a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is involved in the process.  The CIH develops a sampling plan and decontamination protocol based on a review of the hazardous materials used […]

Become Involved in Relocation Plans Early

As companies evolve, relocations seem almost inevitable for many facilities. Relocating an entire facility, expanding to additional space, and downsizing all require involvement from EHS personnel early in the process.

Many people do not realize the importance of bringing EHS into a relocation project from the beginning. There are numerous safety considerations that must be taken into account during the design phase, which can be easily overlooked if EHS personnel are not involved in the early planning. Many permits take an extensive amount of time to obtain, requiring applications to be filed several months in advance of projected occupancy dates. Every town has nuances with the town specific permitting processes, some being more involved than others. It is important to explore the town specific requirements well in advance so there are no surprises. If EHS is not brought into the process, costly fixes and time delays can be encountered.

Be proactive about participating in planning […]