2.2.2-1 Review of a problem floor plan

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Optimal laboratory design requires that the physical work environment is safe and appropriate for testing. 

In this activity, participants will identify hazardous elements in the work environment of the provided laboratory floor plan.  Using the floor plan, participants will redesign the layout so that the problems are addressed.


  • Safety is an integral component in laboratory design.
  • Hazardous work environments must never be ignored by creating inappropriate work-arounds.  Small changes in layout design can address immediate concerns.  For larger issues, the laboratory must communicate facility and safety needs with upper management.
  • An inspection of the work environment should be performed periodically to identify problems and unsafe work conditions.


Can you:

  • Identify issues with poor design and unsafe work conditions?
  • Redesign a laboratory layout to address unsafe work conditions?


Beatrice van der Puije

Ms. van der Puije helped redesign the classroom-based SLMTA 3 curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Based in Ghana, Ms. van der Puije is a Public Health Program Manager at African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), a pan-African organisation strengthening medical laboratory networks and systems in Africa. Ms. van der Puije is a certified QMS Trainer, with a Master of Science Degree in Medical Immunology and Microbiology. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.

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