Creating a Lean Laboratory

The principles of ‘Lean’ manufacturing have now been widely adopted across a variety of businesses. This model is proving equally useful for optimizing laboratory workspaces and workflows, helping to increase productivity and lower costs.

Developing a lean laboratory approach can provide a wide range of benefits for virtually any research, production or testing laboratory, including shorter lead times, lower overheads, better use of resources and improved productivity. This Lean Laboratory Checklist is intended to help laboratory managers and personnel develop their lab into a lean lab.

The checklist provides a structured approach to assessing current workflows, and identifying where changes can be made to make processes more efficient. Each section covers one of the nine improvement areas, providing hints and tips on how to streamline every aspect of the lab.