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Standard Operating Procedures

Risk Management and Safety



Documented standard operating procedures (SOPs) are essential for ensuring compliance with various regulations and research grant requirements.  These  guidelines provide examples of the methods used for analyzing possible hazards and defining and documenting appropriate control methods to minimize the potential of accident or injury.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Required Components

  • Process Identification: Identify the chemicals, process or equipment involved.
  • Controls:  List required methods to control potential exposures, including use of administrative controls, engineering controls, or personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Equipment Checks:  Describe ways to verify that the control system(s) are operating correctly.
  • Potentially Hazardous Situations:   Provide guidance for handling spills and identifying if a spill is causing a hazardous situation.
  • Waste Management:  Identify safe disposal methods for routinely generated wastes.
  • Particularly Hazardous Substances:  Provide additional details if "particularly hazardous substances" (highly toxic or dangerous chemicals, carcinogens, reproductive toxicants, neurotoxins or select toxins) are used.
  • Authorizations: Describe any requirements for obtaining authorization before allowing the individual(s) to perform the procedure, operation or activity.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

NOTE: The following are example SOPS in MS Word format.  EHS does not guarantee their accuracy or applicability. You will need to carefully review and modify these procedures for your particular situation.

Chemical Processes

Groups of Chemicals

Individual Chemicals

Laser SOPs

Hazard Assessment Tools

These are the tools to assess the hazards in your workplace and help identify what SOPs are required

SDS Links

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) are a valuable resource for assessing chemical hazards and writing standard operating procedures. The link below will take you to the EHS web page for SDS links.

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