Scientific Labs


Scientific laboratories have never been singled out as especially pleasant places to work. For generations, many scientists have had to put up with poor lighting, ugly furniture, and the pervasive odors of solvents and solutions. But this picture of the typical lab is changing. Facilities being built or renovated today show a strong emphasis on workers' health and safety, as well as environmental concerns, making these labs safer and more pleasant workplaces than those built just a few years ago.


While installing fume hoods may be the most difficult and time-consuming part of outfitting a lab, a scientist involved in this task must also consider other aspects of lab furnishings, such as benches, casework, and overall layout. Brian Schuler, laboratory furniture specialist for Philadelphia-based VWR Scientific, notes that the people who use a lab "are the ones that come up...

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