A Guide to Picking the Right Courier Lockbox

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A Guide to Picking the Right Courier Lockbox

Buying the right laboratory equipment is critical to maintaining your high standards. Likewise, a courier lockbox is a critical link in the chain of custody for laboratory specimens and test samples. Holding specimens in a secure, insulated location for collection is integral to a reliable and efficient laboratory.



Since specimen integrity and patient privacy are paramount, a lockbox must be insulated, keyed, with rugged construction.

For reasons of efficiency, it is common for couriers to collect samples at different times of the day. A lockbox must also be strong and reliable enough to protect contents from tampering or theft while awaiting unattended pick up after hours. This is crucial and lab couriers often go to great lengths to ensure a chain of custody. For example, in order to maintain an auditable paperwork trail, lab couriers typically document each item inside the box and if the box is empty some may take a photograph as proof. Understanding that attention to detail and security is a top priority for the industry, McShane’s laboratory lockboxes are constantly evolving based on the needs of our laboratory customers. This includes a new custom box solution designed specifically for COVID-19 tests.

For over 40 years, McShane has been one of the nation's largest suppliers of laboratory courier lockboxes. We understand the unique challenges of the lab and testing industry. McShane’s lab/courier boxes are customizable, built from heavy gauge corrosion-resistant galvanized steel, we offer our customers a range of options including insulation with greater R values, customized slots, doors, keys, and locks, also a  number of mounting and stand solutions such as door hangers, bolt to wall, pedestals, floor box tethers and lags to name a few. 

McShane also offers ESC-10 specimen containers which were custom-designed to handle test tubes in a temperature-controlled environment, providing another level of protection for medical samples awaiting pick-up.

McShane Welding and Metal Products


McShane Welding
12 Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507
Phone: 1 (800) 735-3632
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My company has been using lockboxes from McShane Welding for over 6 years now and is very pleased with the product and customer service. The personnel are all friendly and go above and beyond. The boxes are great quality and our clients love them. We couldn’t be more pleased with our working relationship with McShane.

Autumn Simpson

Representative of a nationwide network of local laboratories

Our courier company strongly encourages the use of LabLockers. We have been a customer for over 10 years and no other metal box vendor we tried in the past compares to the quality and customer service we get at McShane. Any business in the courier industry, specifically medical samples, should consider LabLockers.

Rob Johnstone

Priority Express

Our laboratory has been very satisfied with our choice to purchase the ESC-10 for specimen collection and transportation. This product allows us to control the temperature of the sample by offering frozen and ambient storage solutions. McShane Metal Products have always delivered their products on time while consistently offering fair pricing.

Lazer Schlussel

McShane Metal Products, Welding & Fabrication

12 Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507