Guidelines for Laboratory DesignHealth and Safety Considerations

  • Online
  • August 913, 2021
  • $2,100
  • On-Site
  • June 1317, 2022
  • $2,780

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
  • Architecture, Design and Construction, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria

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. Implications of COVID-19 on laboratory design will also be discussed.

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

Guided Laboratory Tours

The online version of this program will feature three laboratories. You will participate in a virtual tour of Harvard’s newly completed Science and Engineering Complex and hear directly from the building’s designers and EHS professionals. You will also learn about Boston Children’s Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory and the MIT.nano building.

The on campus version of this program features guided tours of chemistry, clean room, nanotechnology, 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, safety, and environmental considerations using risk assessment and cost-effectiveness parameters
  • 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 so that chemical fume hoods and other potential hazardous processes and equipment perform safely
  • Decommission, decontaminate, renovate, and reconstruct old 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 program scope definition, 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 and Logistics

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

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Harvard University requires all enrolled participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus for programs, using a vaccine authorized or approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). Fully vaccinated means two weeks past the completion of whatever series is being received, i.e., two doses for Pfizer/Moderna/AstraZeneca, one dose for Johnson & Johnson.

Accommodations

June 2022

Please check back for updated information.

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617.432.2100

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

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will grant Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program. Specific credit counts will be published when available; please check back for updated information.

The American Academy of Health Physics will grant 38 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is a registered provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. This program is designated for 20.5 LU Hours. In order to receive credit, participants must attend all sessions.

All credits subject to final agenda.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the program.

Faculty

Current faculty, subject to change.

Janet S. Baum, AIA, MArch

Program Director

Instructor
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
Director
Environment, Health and Safety
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Daniel O. Beaudoin, MS, CEM, CRM

Faculty

Deputy Director of Operations
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Wade Berner, PE, PEng

Faculty

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Jack T. Dennerlein, PhD

Faculty

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

David Dumais

Faculty

Boston Children's Hospital

James G. Fox

Faculty

Professor & Director
Division of Comparative Medicine
Department of Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Quentin Carl Gilly, MS

Faculty

Senior Coordinator
Harvard University

Malcolm Hathaway

Faculty

Senior Engineer
Harvard University

Walter E. Henry, PE, BSME, MBA

Faculty

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

Whitney Hess, PhD, MS, BS

Faculty

Environment, Health, and Safety Coordinator
Microsystems Technology Laboratories
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joe Higgins

Faculty

Director, Infrastructure Business Ops
Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Jennifer J. Lynn, CHMM

Faculty

EHS Coordinator
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Farhad Memarzadeh, PhD, PE

Faculty

Director
National Institutes of Health

Anand K. Seth, PE, CEM, CPE

Faculty

Engineering Principal
Cannon Design

John P. Sweeney, CSP, CIH

Faculty

Senior Laboratory Safety Advisor (LISE & EPS)
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Harvard University

Uri Yokel, AIA

Faculty

Principal
Louviere, Stratton & Yokel, LLC

Michael R. Labosky, MS, CIH, CSP

Other

Assistant to the Director
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Agenda

August 9 – 13, 2021

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This agenda is subject to change. All times listed are in Eastern Time (ET).

Friday, August 6, 2021
12:00–1:00 pm Optional Meet & Greet
Monday, August 9, 2021
10:00–10:15 am Information on Remote Learning Technology
10:15–10:45 am DiBerardinis Program Introduction and Overview
10:45–11:15 am DiBerardinis Health and Safety Codes, Standards, and Environmental Regulations for the Lab
11:15–11:30 am Break
11:30 am–12:30 pm Baum Lab Programming, Modular Design, and Hazard Planning
12:30–1:00 pm Break
1:00–2:00 pm Labosky Loss Prevention and Personal Safety for the Laboratory, II
2:00–2:15 pm Break
2:15–3:15 pm DiBerardinis Laboratory Hoods
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
10:00–10:15 am Baum, DiBerardinis Open Discussion
10:15–11:00 am DiBerardinis Air & Gas Cleaning Technology for Laboratory Exhaust Lab Air
11:00–11:15 am Break
11:15 am–12:00 pm Smith Measuring Airflow Effectiveness
12:00–12:30 pm Break
12:30–1:30 pm Memarzadeh Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Assisted Laboratory Design
1:30–1:45 pm Break
1:45–3:15 pm Memarzadeh, Yokel Biosafety Laboratory Planning, Construction and Commission
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
10:00–11:30 am Memarzadeh, Yokel Animal Laboratory Design and Engineering
11:30–11:45 am Break
11:45 am–12:00 pm Discussion: Harvard Engineering Laboratory
12:00–12:30 pm Labosky Hazardous Lab Waste Collection
12:30–1:00 pm Break
1:00–2:00 pm Berner Building Performance and Commissioning
2:00–2:15 pm Break
2:15–3:15 pm Hess SESSION & VIRTUAL TOUR: MIT Nanotechnology Lab
Thursday, August 12, 2021
10:00–11:00 am Dumais SESSION & VIRTUAL TOUR: Boston Children's Hospital, Clinical Laboratory
11:00–11:15 am Break
11:15–11:45 am Baum Laboratory Renovation Diagnostics
11:45 am–12:15 pm DiBerardinis Lab Decommissioning and Decontamination
12:15–12:45 pm Break
12:45–1:15 pm Labosky Accident Prevention During Renovation
1:15–1:45 pm Baum Case Study: Living Building Challenge
1:45–2:00 pm Break
2:00–3:15 pm Gilly Sustainable Laboratory Design: Construction and Operations
Friday, August 13, 2021
10:00–11:00 am Dennerlein Laboratory Ergonomics
11:00–11:15 am Break
11:15 am–12:15 pm Baum ADA: Lab Occupants with Disabilities
12:15–12:45 pm Break
12:45–1:30 pm Higgins Trends in Laboratory Design and Costs
1:30–1:45 pm Baum Virtual Workshop: Lab Costs
1:45–2:00 pm Break
2:00–3:15 pm Issues Discussion with GLD Faculty

June 12 – 16, 2022

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This agenda is subject to change. All times listed are in Eastern Time (ET).

Monday, June 13, 2022
7:30–8:00 am Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:15 am Classroom Technology Orientation
8:15–9:00 am Program Introduction and Overview
9:00–9:45 am Health and Safety Codes, Standards, and Environmental Regulations for the Lab
9:45–10:00 am Refreshment Break
10:00–11:00 am Loss Prevention and Personal Safety for the Laboratory, I
11:00 am–12:15 pm Loss Prevention and Personal Safety for the Laboratory, II
12:15–1:15 pm Lunch
1:15–3:00 pm Laboratory Hoods
3:00–3:15 pm Refreshment Break
3:15–4:30 pm The Design Process, New Construction
4:30–5:30 pm Type Lab Design I: Engineering
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:30 am Decommissioning and Decontamination
8:30–9:00 am Renovation Diagnostics
9:00–10:00 am Laboratory HVAC Concepts
10:00–10:15 am Refreshment Break
10:15–11:45 am CFD Assisted Laboratory Design
11:45 am–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–2:00 pm 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 Lab Tour I: Open Lab and Animal Facilities at MIT Koch Institute
5:30–6:30 pm Optional Tour of the MIT Nanotechnology Facility and Undergraduate Teaching Lab
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:45 am Type Lab Design III: Biosafety Laboratory Planning, Engineering, Commissioning and Certification
9:45–10:00 am Refreshment Break
10:00–11:00 am Type Lab Design III: Biosafety Laboratory Planning, Engineering, Commissioning and Certification
11:00–11:30 am Microelectronics and Nanotechnology
11:30 am–12:30 pm Lunch and Workshop Preparation
12:30–1:15 pm Workshop I: Presentations
1:30–2:00 pm Bus departs for Harvard University, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
2:00–2:15 pm Refreshment Break at Harvard
2:15–5:00 pm Lab Tour II: Clean Room Lab and Research Lab Renovation at Harvard University
Thursday, June 16, 2022
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast at Boston Children's Hospital
8:00–8:30 am Type Lab Design IV: Clinical Lab
8:30–10:15 am Lab Tour III: Clinical Laboratory at Boston Children's Hospital
10:15–10:30 am Walk Back to HSPH
10:30–10:45 am Refreshment Break
10:45 am–12:00 pm Type Lab Design V: Hazardous Chemical, Biological, and Radioactive Laboratory Waste Management
12:00–1:00 pm Lunch
1:00–2:00 pm Accident Prevention During Renovation
2:00–3:00 pm Air & Gas Cleaning Technology for Exhaust Lab Air & Makerspace
3:00–3:15 pm Refreshment Break
3:15–4:15 pm Type Lab Design VI: Sustainable Laboratory Design
4:15–5:30 pm Sustainable Laboratory, Construction and Operations
5:30–6:30 pm Optional Tour of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Laboratories
Friday, June 17, 2022
7:30–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:00 am Building Performance and Commissioning
9:00–9:30 am Trends in Laboratory Design and Costs
9:30–9:45 am Refreshment Break
9:45–11:15 am 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 Case Study
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
  • Higher education and research institutions
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • Other commercial and noncommercial research organizations