Guidelines for Laboratory DesignHealth and Safety Considerations

June 12 – 16, 2017

  • $2,700
    Standard Price
  • $2,835
    Price with optional Guidelines for Laboratory Design textbook

Harvard Longwood Campus, Boston, MA

The program will definitely benefit me and my organization in various lab renovations we are doing and in building our new institute which we are processing right now. The program far exceeded my expectations.
  • —Samaila Shawulu

Program Overview

The design and construction of a laboratory, regardless of its use, involves many stakeholders. While providing a safe environment for laboratory users to perform their work is imperative, competing stakeholders’ needs often cause health and safety considerations to be overlooked.

Participating in Guidelines for Laboratory Design: Health and Safety Considerations will help you address this issue by providing you with an understanding of how lab design options impact the health and safety of laboratory users and the environment. With this knowledge, you will be able to incorporate the needs of all stakeholders and ensure your labs are safe, free of health hazards, and promote a healthier environment.

Participants in this program will explore and address health and safety considerations for diverse laboratory types and gain the skills they need to create a safe laboratory environment. This program covers general laboratory design challenges, as well as issues specific to chemistry, microelectronics clean room, engineering, animal, biosafety, clinical, and sustainable laboratories. Participants also address issues with new laboratory construction, renovation, and decommissioning.

This course provides a unique opportunity for architects, engineers, laboratory users, lab managers, and EHS professionals to collaborate on laboratory design.

Guided Laboratory Tours

This program features guided tours of chemistry, cleanroom, clinical, biosafety, and animal research laboratories at leading academic and medical institutions in the Boston area. These tours help reinforce concepts taught during the course and ensure you leave able to apply what you learned to your organization’s facilities and projects.

Previous guided tours have included:

  • Open labs at the MIT Koch Institute
  • Animal labs at the MIT Koch Institute
  • Clean rooms at Harvard University
  • Chemistry research laboratory renovations at Harvard University
  • Clinical laboratories at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The Importance of Health and Safety in Lab Design

For most architects, engineers, and constructors, building codes are the only significant guide on matters of health and safety. Few have any background for intentionally designing for health and safety in laboratories and other technical facilities.

When practitioners move beyond basic building codes to frameworks such as Sustainable Design, health and safety may be compromised further as another design consideration takes priority. By designing to code and not directly addressing the specific health and safety issues present in laboratories, architects, engineers, and constructors open themselves to potential professional, reputation, and legal liabilities.

This program will provide you with the requisite knowledge to thoroughly and proactively design for health and safety.

Objectives & Highlights

Architects will be able to:

  • Evaluate laboratory design options related to health and safety considerations in a cost-effective way
  • Apply appropriate design information for laboratory types used in industry, academia, and hospitals
  • Demonstrate familiarity with mechanical systems vital to state-of-the-art laboratory functions
  • Understand the primary principles of safety, health, and environmental responsibilities and impact of these considerations on planning and sustainable design of laboratory facilities
  • Learn details of laboratory systems and planning strategies to reduce risks to occupants of laboratory facilities
  • Learn to plan laboratories to provide best location of chemical fume hoods to perform safely
  • Decommission, decontaminate, renovate, and reconstruct old laboratories and laboratories

Design and facility engineers will be able to:

  • Apply laboratory design information regarding heat loads from research equipment, ventilation requirements, optimum air flows, and contamination control through air pressure regulation
  • Identify recent developments in the design of HVAC systems for laboratories, including variable air volume (VAV) systems, high performance hoods, air exchange rates, ductless hoods, recirculation of air, and the application of energy conservation measures
  • Learn to use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to improve performance of chemical fume hoods
  • Incorporate into practice important information about the design of hazardous waste-handling facilities, safety shower and eyewash stations, and research support facilities

Occupational health and safety professionals will be able to:

  • Complete structures that are safe and free of health hazards by consulting with architects, contractors, owners, and users during design and construction
  • Identify design features that provide solutions for the unique health and safety hazards associated with laboratories used for different functions
  • Become familiar with CFD and how it is used in laboratory design
  • Provide detailed specifications regarding laboratory support facilities for hazardous waste storage, packaging, and shipping
  • Identify the unique needs of specific types of laboratories such as biosafety, chemistry, microelectronics, animal facilities, and engineering
  • Understand the perspectives and constraints of architects and engineers, and the need to communicate with them from the earliest stages of the project through completion

Learn practical and cost-effective solutions to renovation and reconstruction issues including:

  • Green design and construction
  • Decontamination of an existing facility
  • Special health and safety precautions in partially occupied buildings undergoing renovation
  • Adding energy conservation features
  • Case studies of successful reconstructions and details of decisions not to reconstruct will also be presented
  • Laboratory ventilation including fume hoods and other exhaust requirements
  • Safety design features including fire protection, electrical systems, emergency equipment and controls, and chemical storage

Credits, Fees, and Logistics

Please note: a laptop or other portable personal computing device is strongly recommended for course enrollees.


Inn At Longwood
342 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
$229/night plus 14.45 percent tax, includes internet, 15% coupon for The Longwood Grill

To book online: click here

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a reduced rate until May 11, 2017. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be advised that hotels in the Boston area can sell out very quickly. We recommend making your hotel reservation as soon as you receive registration confirmation. Please mention HSPH0610 and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to receive the special rate. The hotel is a five minute walk to the school.

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

The program takes place at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is also readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

For directions, please click here.

Continuing Education Credit

This program is accredited by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs)*, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, equivalent to contact hours of education.

*Participants can apply these contact hours toward other professional education credits.  Some of which include CSP, CHMM, NRRPT, etc.

The American Academy of Health Physics will grant Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this program.  The current program can be claimed for CM credits.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is a registered provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. This program has been designated for LU Hours OR HSW/LU Hours.* In order to receive credit, participants must attend all sessions.

(*Depending on whether it is a basic AIA/LU course or an HSW (Health, Safety, and Welfare) course.)

All credit counts are subject to final agenda. ERC shield

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has an Education and Research Center (ERC) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

What is Included in the Fee?

  • Continental breakfasts, lunches, and refreshment breaks
  • Guided laboratory tours
  • Comprehensive take-home reference materials
  • Continuing education credits
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health certificate of participation


Current faculty, subject to change.

Janet S. Baum

Program Director

Executive and Continuing Professional Education
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Louis J. DiBerardinis, MS, CIH, CSP

Program Director

Instructor in Industrial Hygiene
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Environment, Health and Safety
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adjunct Professor
Department of Work Environment
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Jack T. Dennerlein, PhD


Northeastern University
Adjunct Professor of Ergonomics and Safety
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Quentin Carl Gilly, MS


Senior Coordinator
Harvard University

Malcolm Hathaway


Senior Engineer
Harvard University

Walter E. Henry, PE, BSME, MBA


Walter E. Henry, PE
Former Director
Systems Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael R. Labosky, MS, CIH, CSP


Assistant to the Director
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Farhad Memarzadeh, PhD, PE


National Institutes of Health

Anthony J. Michetti, MS


Sustainability Coordinator
Harvard University

Anand K. Seth, PE, CEM, CPE


Engineering Principal
Cannon Design

Jennifer J. Lynn, CHMM

Laboratory Tour Guide

EHS Coordinator
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John P. Sweeney, CSP

Laboratory Tour Guide

Health & Safety Specialist|Senior Health and Safety Officer
Harvard University Enviornmental Health & Safety Off.

Mark T. Whary, DVM, PhD

Laboratory Tour Guide

Associate Director
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


This agenda may be subject to change.

Monday, June 12, 2017
7:30–8:00 am Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:15 am Classroom Technology Orientation
8:15–9:00 am DiBerardinis Program Introduction and Overview
9:00–9:45 am DiBerardinis Health and Safety Codes, Standards, and Environmental Regulations for the Laboratory
9:45–10:00 am Refreshment Break
10:00–11:00 am Labosky Loss Prevention and Personal Safety for the Laboratory, I
11:00 am–12:15 pm Labosky Loss Prevention and Personal Safety for the Laboratory, II
12:15–1:15 pm Lunch
1:15–2:30 pm Baum The Design Process, New Construction
2:30–3:30 pm Baum Type Lab Design I: General Science, Engineering, and Containment Lab Design
3:30–3:45 pm Refreshment Break
3:45–5:30 pm DiBerardinis Laboratory Hoods
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am–8:30 pm Baum Renovation Diagnostics
8:30–9:00 am DiBerardinis Decommissioning and Decontamination
9:00–10:00 am Henry Laboratory HVAC Concepts
10:00–10:15 am Refreshment Break
10:15 am–11:45 pm Memarzadeh CFD Assisted Laboratory Design
11:45 am–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–2:00 pm Memarzadeh Type Lab Design II: Animal Laboratory, Design, and Engineering
2:15–2:45 pm Bus departs for MIT, Koch Institute, 500 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
2:45–3:00 pm Refreshment Break at MIT
3:00–5:30 pm DiBerardinis, Baum, Labosky, Henry, Whary Lab Tour I: Open Lab and Animal Facilities at MIT Koch Institute
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:45 am Memarzadeh Type Lab Design III: Biosafety Laboratory, Planning, Engineering, Commissioning and Certification
9:45–10:00 am Refreshment Break
10:00–11:00 am DiBerardinis Air and Gas Cleaning Technology for Ventilation and Exhaust Lab Air, and Biological Safety Cabinets
11:00–11:30 am DiBerardinis Type Lab Design IV: Microelectronics
11:30 am–12:30 pm Lunch and Workshop Prep
12:30–1:15 pm Baum Workshop I: Presentations
1:30–2:00 pm Bus departs for Harvard University, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
2:00–2:15 pm Refreshment Break at Harvard
2:15–5:00 pm Baum, DiBerardinis, Labosky Lab Tour II: Clean Room Lab and Research Lab Renovation at Harvard University
Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:30 am Seth Type Lab Design V: Clinical Lab
8:30–10:15 am Baum, Seth Lab Tour III: Clinical Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital
10:15–10:45 am Refreshment Break
10:45 am–12:00 pm Labosky Type Lab Design VI: Hazardous Chemical, Biological, and Radioactive Laboratory Waste Management
12:00–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00–2:00 pm DiBerardinis Type Lab Design VII: Nanotechnology
2:00–2:30 pm Labosky Accident Prevention During Renovation
2:30–2:45 pm Refreshment Break
2:45–3:15 pm Baum Type Lab Design VIII: Sustainable Laboratory Design
3:15–5:00 pm Sustainable Laboratory, Construction and Operations
5:00–6:00 pm Tour of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Laboratories (Optional)
Friday, June 16, 2017
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:00 am Seth Building Performance and Commissioning
9:00–9:30 am DiBerardinis Laboratory Ventilation: Part II
9:30–9:45 am Refreshment Break
9:45–11:15 am Dennerlein Laboratory Ergonomics
11:15 am–12:15 pm Lunch and Workshop Preparation
12:15–1:15 pm Workshop II: Presentations
1:15–2:00 pm Baum, DiBerardinis, Labosky, Seth General Discussion on How the Changing Design Process Affects Final Results
2:00–2:15 pm Program Critique and Closing

Who Should Participate

This program is designed for any professional involved in designing, constructing, renovating, or managing laboratories, including:

  • Architects and designers
  • Construction managers
  • Environment, health, and safety professionals
  • Facilities managers
  • Laboratory managers
  • Laboratory planners
  • Project managers
  • Scientists, researchers, and other laboratory users

Ideal participants will come from organizations including:

  • Architecture firms
  • Engineering and construction companies
  • Government agencies
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • Other commercial and noncommercial research organizations