The upcoming TurnKey Conference in beautiful San Diego, CA, will focus on innova-
tion. What does that mean? Wikipedia defines innovation as “finding a better way of
As always, the TurnKey Conference will be two days of information that’s absolutely essential for anyone building,
renovating or operating a laboratory animal facility. The conference is designed to provide useful information and ideas
on how to update or design laboratories to be more efficient and economical, and how to avoid the common pitfalls and
With this year’s focus on innovation, the conference will present attendees with the best, the newest and the most
creative ways laboratory animal science is being performed throughout the world.
To that end, our Call for Papers has just opened, and we’re looking for speakers to tell us what’s innovative about
your lab. Is it the way that you worked with architects to design your facility? Have you thought of a new way to staff your
facility? Are you an SOP master? What makes your facility unique? We want you to present at the TurnKey Conference!
The TurnKey Conference is looking for presentations on Facility Design, Technology and Operations. All presentations
should be non-commercial, at an advanced level, and in depth and cover the latest trends, technologies and ideas.
Presentations should last 40–45 minutes with an additional 5–10 minutes of question and answer.
M ANAGEMENT TIP:
Don’t Put Off These Six Tips for Avoiding Procrastination
A manager’s procrastination tendency raises its ugly head, commonly, when planning for a new project. “Paralysis by
analysis” becomes the mode of operation—or non operation. As a manager, your job is to get things done. Don’t let
procrastination keep you from getting there. If you think that procrastination is a problem for you, you have to deal with it.
To overcome a tendency to procrastinate during the planning process, consider the strategies found at
S AFETY TIP:
Health and Safety Basics: Get Employee Buy In
Employee involvement in all aspects of a safety and health program benefits both the employees and management.
The front line employees have experienced and seen issues and problems that might not otherwise be recognized by
management. It also serves as a bridge of understanding for actions taken by the employer in terms of health and safety.
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AS FEATURED IN ALN:
New Approaches to Vivarium Renovations
In just the last few years, renovation and retrofit approaches for complex laboratories and vivariums have changed significantly in ways that have surprised even some of the most experienced operators of research and development (R&D)
facilities. Some of the changes relate to evolving standards of care for subjects in animal research. Many also relate to
the drive for ever-more efficient and sustainable buildings, with their attendant cost savings and health benefits. Yet most
of them are about the challenges of safety, flexibility and resilience that research organisations face today.
Think About Resilience. Resilience? Yes: Defined as a measure of a laboratory facility’s ability to “bounce back”
after a storm, power outage, accident or even a change of experimental or management approach, a resilient lab
platform allows for continuity of operations with proper power redundancy, backup systems, clean floors and the like.
One important step, in fact, has been to plan for relocating all mechanical systems as well as backup power systems
above 100-year flood marks and away from areas that may be compromised by high winds. http://bit.ly/1qxjIQI