Science Lab Design and Installation

At Learning Space Solutions, alongside our partners, we stand out in enhancing STEM education in international schools. Our unique focus on school science lab design puts health and safety at the centre. Our commitment to academic excellence sets us apart. Our extensive knowledge, expertise, and committed team equip us to provide schools with original and practical lab designs.

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Science lab Design focused on safety

Science labs are the backbone of STEM schools. They provide a laboratory space for students to explore and experiment with their learning. We craft our school science lab solutions to balance design and safety. Safety is the focus of our lab designs, which ensures that we minimise possible risks for staff and students.

A major factor in designing school science labs is the layout. The layout should ensure everyone can move around the room to minimise accidents. Lab furniture and materials are vital in the laboratory design process of safe labs, including:

  • High tables or fitted benches arranged around service pedestals.
  • Provide skid-based chairs at a suitable height for benches.
  • Use flooring that is resistant and long standing to most materials and easy to clean.
  • The material used on tabletops has anti-scratch and chemical-resistant properties.

School laboratory learning environment design and installation have multiple needs to ensure the safety of both students and teachers. This includes the materials used, equipment fitting, and material storage solutions for easy access. Some of the safety factors our design team implements into our science laboratories include:

  • Safe installation of all equipment, such as electric, gas, water, etc. facilities.
  • Install lockable cupboards to store harmful chemicals/equipment.
  • Teachers can use a master key to all cupboards.
  • Storage space for bags and coats near the classroom entrance to minimise trip hazards.

Science Lab Design

Effective school lab solutions should implement specific design features. That way, we can enhance learning success and teamwork while ensuring the safety of staff and students. This thorough approach to lab design is what sets us apart.

Storage

Science lab learning often requires various science equipment and resources, including chemicals, scientific equipment, and hazardous chemicals. Install suitable storage in the science labs and prep rooms to keep these resources safe and secure.

Place most storage for science labs away from teaching areas. Recommend including storage inside the technician or prep room. Teaching labs may contain storage for specific equipment, such as Bunsen burners and power packs.

Many science resources and equipment pose a risk to health and safety. Therefore, suitable storage is vital for storing such equipment. Store hazardous chemicals inside a shielded container with a lock. This also applies to dangerous chemicals. 

Prep Areas

The prep and technician areas are the backbone of science in schools. Technicians require a suitable prep area to prepare any science equipment or chemicals needed for a lesson plan. After a practical lesson, these areas will also handle the cleaning and disposal of equipment.

These areas should also be by teaching labs designed to allow for easy access. Reducing the distance resources move before and after lessons also reduces the risk of safety hazards. Such spaces should be large enough and have a suitable layout to support technicians. These areas also provide a foundation for safe and effective school science labs.

Student Belongings

Science labs will require somewhere for students to store their coats and bags. Keep these from practical working and seating areas to reduce safety and fall hazards.

Place a compartment bag storage and coat hooks at the lab entrance so students can store their belongings. The amount required will depend on the size of the room or class. This also reduces the risk of falls or injury during practicals.

Size and Layout

There are no specific regulations relating to the size of a science lab. Lab size should be in line with class size. The size of a given space will also affect the layout. To reduce accidents during practical, ensure plenty of spacing between furniture and fixtures, including:

  • Between each workbench
  • Doorways and workbenches
  • Walls and workbenches
  • Storage and workbenches

Consider the room to provide safe spacing between furniture and fixtures. A school science lab of 70m2 is sufficient for classes with less than 25 students and 85m2 for classes with 30 or more students.

Eyewash

Every science lab should have an eye-washing station. If chemicals splash into someone’s eye, eye wash stations need to be close by. Attach these to a lab tap or surface and run cold water to wash the chemicals away.

Fume Cupboards

Fume cupboards (FC) are vital for chemistry labs where practical tasks may create toxic fumes. These filtration systems remove airborne toxic fumes to improve air quality. Equip half of all K-12 labs with an FC.

Prep rooms will also require an FC. These help to remove toxic airborne fumes. Technician rooms will also need an FC to handle and use dangerous chemicals.

You will also need to choose between a duct or filter system. Ducts capture hazardous fumes in the air and release them outside. Filters remove any toxic fumes and circulate cleaner air.

The duct or filter system choice will depend on room size, chemical usage, and frequency. FCs must run at 65db or less to ensure students can hear the teacher.

Science Lab Design Factors

School science labs will also require several other design points, including:

  • Acoustics – ideal background noise for labs in 40db. Take measures to reduce outside noise. Each lab should ensure a reverb time of 0.5 to 0.8 seconds.
  • Heating – heat labs to around 18°C using aircon to maintain this.
  • Lighting – The lighting in a lab should be at most 300 lux. Consider natural light and glare to prevent vision impairment when handling chemicals.
  • Windows – Install glazed windows on at most 20% of an exterior wall. Consider outside shading or blinds to reduce heat during hot weather.
  • Air quality –Labs require sufficient air circulation to ensure the average CO2 levels do not exceed 1500 PPM. PPM should also not exceed 5000 PPM at any time during the day.
Science Labs Design and Installation

Why choose us?

  • Over 90 successful International School projects completed.
  • Work closely with academic and project teams to develop learning space designs that meet each school’s unique teaching pedagogy.
  • Our global experience enables us to design creative and practical solutions to meet the aspirations of each client, providing a foundation for both teacher and student success.
  • Specialists in Design Technology, STEM, Art, Flexible Learning Spaces and Libraries
  • Sustainability is at the heart of our business, supporting schools with the carbon zero school’s framework and helping them to achieve their sustainability goals.

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