If you operate a chemical laboratory as defined in Washington Administrative Code 296-828, Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, you must have SOPs that describe the safety measures you
require when using chemicals. Please see Section 6 of the UW Laboratory Safety Manual for
more information about SOPs.
To assist you in writing SOPs, a blank SOP form (doc) and example SOPs are provided for you to use or to modify to your specific location and procedures and use.
An SOP can address a single chemical, a group of similar chemicals, or a process. Any format of SOP is acceptable provided the minimum safety elements are addressed.
The minimum safety elements are found on the following checklist: SOP Required Elements Checklist (doc). Below are links to example SOPs:
Below are links to example SOPs and guidance documents which can be used to assist in the development of your site-specific SOP.
Additional SOPs are available at the UCLA Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Template Library.
This type of SOP is frequently used when a process is completely described from first step to last and activities such as fume hood use, varying PPE use, and waste neutralization are integrated into the steps.
The example EH&S template SOP may not be useful for this type SOP except to cover items difficult to organize in a logical manner in the procedure, such as spill cleanup, perhaps.
Questions and Support
For assistance with writing an SOP or if you would like to request that an SOP be added to this page, please contact EH&S at 206-543-7388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.