Business Continuity and Risk Mitigation Plan – Are You Prepared?

With advances in internet technology, most biological laboratories and businesses now have automated backups for their electronic data. However, many of the same laboratories have all their biological samples and materials stored in the same location, or perhaps split across different freezers in the same building or on the same campus. While using multiple freezers in one location may protect samples if a freezer fails, in the event of a natural disaster or extended power outage, samples may be lost. Similar problems can occur during the transport of precious biological samples or materials; when all important samples are in the same container or truck, however working with an experienced lab relocation specialist, many safeguards are in place. Investigators can work with a sample management company to develop a business continuity and disaster recovery plan to protect their material following an emergency event.

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Sample & System Redundancy

Some laboratories may have a secured backup freezer to transfer samples in the event of a freezer failure, but in the case of a major power outage, many laboratories lack dedicated generators for the uninterrupted maintenance of freezer temperatures. Biorepositories offer a marked advantage over many laboratories for numerous reasons. A biorepository maintains many backup freezers at a range of temperatures, dedicated generators, and climate control fail-safes, and systems that are routinely checked and maintained to the highest standards. Furthermore, a biorepository is in a separate location than your laboratory. In the event of a major catastrophe at one location, samples stored in a secondary location will be safe and secure. Many biological materials are irreplaceable; maintaining subsets of priceless samples in a biorepository offers peace of mind and ensures that operations can continue following a disaster.

Protecting Biological Materials During Transport

Moving large amounts of biological material can be a stressful process even when everything goes right. When things go wrong, investigators can lose irreplaceable samples and data, destroying ongoing experiments and setting their research back years. The average lab mover is not prepared for the complexities of moving materials that need to be at low temperatures. Lab moving companies that specialize in biological transport offer many advantages to maintaining the integrity of samples during a lab move.

Custom built trucks keep freezers powered on during transport, and temperatures are monitored throughout the drive. In the event of a freezer failure, at temperature backup freezers are ready to keep samples stable. Highly trained drivers appreciate the importance of your samples, know the rules of transporting them, and know how to handle most any situation that can arise on the road with the goal of getting material from point A to point B in perfect condition. 

Protect Your Research Samples

The future is unpredictable, and accidents happen, but working with a sample management company to develop a business continuity and disaster recovery plan can help to protect your material when adverse conditions arise. Biological transport specialists keep samples safe during changing travel conditions, while biorepositories offer layers of protection and care to prevent sample loss during a disaster. Leveraging these tools ensures that your laboratory operations will continue following a catastrophe, protecting your biological materials and guarding your scientific legacy.

For more information on how to protect your samples, contact an expert today!