Feel Free to Download these for your lab's purposes! Many thanks to all those in the Chemistry Department who took the time to write them.
You're asking yourself, "Do I need to write these? And if so, for what?"
The answer is: From the University Risk Managment Manual, RMM 301: SOPs, Supervisors must complete an SOP if any of four conditions apply:
1. The procedure/process could cause a critical injury.
SOP's: Standard Operating Procedures
Please note that not all are in the format as set out by RMM 301 but are still useful as a starting point - read thoroughly and amend as necessary for your lab group - some have been written from an undergraduate lab perspective.
Lots more at this link: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/safetyoffice/safety_equipment.html
These are good procedures:
The following is a general guideline for working in a laboratory, complete with a sign off page. If you do not have this type of document in place in your lab, please feel free to modify this one and implement it. Keep a copy of the signed page in your graduate students' personnel files.
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