The Mobile Lab

‌The Mobile Laboratory is a multi-functional van owned by the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (TARG) and the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (MRC IEU). It is available for hire for University of Bristol related activities, including research and public engagement.

In addition to a laboratory, comprising computer testing spaces, a sink, fridge and engagement hatch, the van has a side awning with optional walls to create additional outside space.

Inside the laboratory section.

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First aid requirements

To use the van you must meet the following requirement:

  • At least one person present must have the necessary level of first aid training - this may be the driver, or another person who will be present at all times during van use.
  • The necessary level of training is to have attended the ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ (full day) training course, completed within the past year, or (if the certificate is 1-3 years old), to have attended an online refresher course within the past year.
  • Alternatively, if the van will be parked at a location which provides trained first aid personnel (e.g., at an event, or community centre) this may be sufficient, depending on the activities you will be doing. If you will be relying on this first aid provision, please contact the venue in advance to confirm that personnel will be available and display their contact details prominently in the van during use.
  • Trained medical professionals will automatically meet the first aid requirement.

If you would like to discuss this, please email

How to make a booking

To make a booking, please complete and submit the following documents to You can view our calendar to see which dates are available. Please allow plenty of time to book as authorisation may take time to process.

1) Booking Form (Office document, 392kB)

2) Risk Assessment Form (Office document, 70kB)

3) For each driver:

    a) Driver Declaration Form (PDF, 69kB)

    b) A scanned (or clear, readable photograph) copy of your driving license

    c) A PDF of your 'License Summary' page from this Government website


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