Guidelines for Laboratory Design: Health and Safety Considerations / Edition 3

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The construction of new laboratory buildings or the renovation of existing ones requires close communication between laboratory users, project engineers, architects, construction engineers, and health and safety personnel. All too often, health and safety considerations are overlooked or slighted and are not sufficiently incorporated into designs. Guidelines for Laboratory Design: Health and Safety Considerations, Third Edition provides reliable design information related to specific health and safety issues that need to be considered when building or renovating laboratories.

With an increase in the number of laboratory renovations due to lower costs and faster end results compared to constructing new buildings, the latest edition of Guidelines for Laboratory Design, which includes new chapters on laboratory renovation, is particularly timely. This well-established and respected volume also includes a vital section on design guidelines for commonly used laboratories and features separate chapters on a wide array of laboratory types.  In addition, the updated material contains:

-A new section on design for environmental preservation through the operation and maintenance of health and safety
-The latest information on laboratory ventilation and safety systems
-Incorporation of "green" laboratory design techniques
-Discussions on the architectural, engineering, regulatory, and health and safety aspects unique to the renovation process

A wide range of professionals–including those in industrial hygiene, chemical health and safety, laboratory management, and architectural and engineering firms handling laboratory construction and renovation–will find the latest edition of Guidelines for Laboratory Design: Health and Safety Considerations essential reading.

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Editorial Reviews

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"..a very useful addition to the self of most practicing laboratory safety and health professionals." (Chemical Health & Safety, May/June 2002)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471254478
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/24/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

LOUIS J. DiBERARDINIS, CIH, CSP, is Director of Environmental Medical Service, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

JANET S. BAUM, AIA, is a Principal of Health, Education and Research Associates, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri.

MELVIN FIRST, ScD, PE, CIH, is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Health Engineering at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

GARI T. GATWOOD, CSP, is a consulting environmental health and safety engineer in Acton, Massachusetts.

ANAND K. SETH, PE, is Director of Utilities and Engineering for Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents






Building Considerations.

Laboratory Considerations.


Renovations: Building Considerations.

Renovations: Laboratory Considerations.


General and Analytical Chemistry Laboratory.

High-Toxicity Laboratory.

Pilot Plant (Chemical Engineering Laboratory).

Physics Laboratory.

Contolled Environment (Hot or Cold) Room.

High-Pressure Laboratory.

Radiation Laboratory.

Biosafety Laboratory.

Clinical Laboratory.

Teaching Laboratory.

Gross Anatomy Laboratory.

Pathology Laboratory.

Morgue Facility.

Team Research Laboratory.

Animal Research Laboratory.

Microelectronics and Clean Room Laboratories.

Printmaking Studio.


Photographic Darkrooms.

Support Shops.

Hazardous Chemical, Radioactive, Biological Waste Handling Rooms.


Project Execution and Bidding Procedures.

Performance and Final Acceptance Criteria.

Energy Conservation.


Background on HVAC.



Air Cleaning.

Laboratory Hoods and Other Exhaust Air Contaminant-Capture Facilities and Equipment.

Exhaust Air Ducts and Accessories.

Variable-Air-Volume Systems.

Appendix 1: Emergency Showers.

Appendix 2: Emergency Eyewash Units.

Appendix 3: Excess Flow Check Valves.

Appendix 4: Signs.

Appendix 5: Matrix.

Stack Design.




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