The OSHA Laboratory Standard requires standard operating procedures (SOPs) relevant to safety and health considerations to be prepared and followed when laboratory work involves the use of hazardous chemicals. SOPs are written instructions that detail the steps that will be performed during a given procedure and include information about potential hazards and how these hazards will be mitigated. SOPs should be written by laboratory personnel who are most knowledgeable and involved with the experimental process. However, the laboratory manager (Principal Investigator) is ultimately responsible for approving SOPs regardless of who prepared them.
The SOPs templates available below have been prepared by REM and developed for commonly used laboratory chemicals (e.g., flammable and combustible liquids, formaldehyde) and high-hazard chemicals (HF, alkyl lithium compounds). These SOPs are not complete as is; they are templates that must be customized by each laboratory before they are considered complete. Instructions for completion are included in each SOP template. Once customized, the SOPs should be added to the lab’s Chemical Hygiene Plan. This list of SOPs below is an ongoing effort by REM to provide SOP guidance and the list will continue to grow. However, laboratories are encouraged to develop their own SOPs using this template format. These SOPs have been prepared using templates developed by the University of California – Los Angeles Environmental Health and Safety Department.
Contact REM at (765) 496-3072 if you need assistance or would like to submit a SOP to be considered for making into a template and posting below.
Chemicals Requiring SOPs: