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Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

A Safety Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a written set of procedures that explains how to use and manage hazardous chemicals, processes, and procedures to prevent or minimize health and safety concerns.

The OSHA Laboratory Standard requires that the Chemical Hygiene Plan  include: “Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relevant to safety and health considerations to be followed when laboratory work involves the use of hazardous chemicals”. 

SOPs must be included or linked in each lab's "Lab Specific Safety Plan". 


Compressed Gas 

Container Labeling

Ethidium Bromide

Flammable Liquid Storage


Hydrofluoric Acid

Mercury Spill Response

Methylene Chloride

Nitric Acid

Sodium Azide 


If you have questions regarding the generation of SOPs or the laboratory specific safety plan, contact the EHSS Chemical and Research Safety Manager.