New SOP templates available

 

Visit the EH&S’s Chemical SOPs page to find updated and new standard operating procedures (SOP) templates for 2-Mercaptoethanol, Cyanides, and Soldering.

Do you use 2-Mercaptoethanol as a biological antioxidant in your sample buffer? 2-Mercaptoethanol, also called beta-mercaptoethanol, can be toxic if ingested, and fatal if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Vapors can irritate the eyes, mucous membranes, and respiratory tract, even when used in low concentrations. EH&S now offers a 2-Mercaptoethanol SOP template for work with this chemical.

Do you use Cyanides to dissolve certain metals or ores in your samples? The heart, respiratory system and central nervous system are most susceptible to cyanide poisoning, and cyanides can be lethal.  EH&S has updated their Cyanides SOP template to help you plan how to use cyanides in your work.

Do you do any soldering for your work? Some types of soldering involve lead. If handled incorrectly, lead can pose chronic health effects, such as reproductive problems, digestive problems, memory and concentration problems, and muscle and joint pain. Non-lead-containing solders can include other hazards that need to be controlled. Be sure to look at our webpage on Lead Safety and use our new template for Soldering for guidance.

A key part of any research space’s chemical hygiene plan is to have SOPs that describe the safety measures you require when using chemicals or hazardous materials. Contact labcheck@uw.edu if you have any questions or would like feedback on your SOPs.