Chemical SOPs

If you operate a chemical laboratory as defined in Washington Administrative Code 296-828, Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, you must have standard operating procedures (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 (Word) 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 (PDF). Below are links to example SOPs.

Lists of SOPs and guidelines for download


Tracy Harvey

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