Resources for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
You may ask yourself: "Do I need to write Standard Operating Procedures? And if so, for what?"
The University's Health and Safety policies, recorded in the University's Risk Managment Manual, specifically RMM 301: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Program,
requires supervisors to complete an SOP if any of four conditions apply:
- The procedure/process could cause a critical injury.
- The procedure/process could cause occupational illness.
- The procedure/process could cause environmental impairment.
- The procedure/process could damage University property.
To help, sample SOPs are available for download below. Many thanks to all those in the Department who took the time to write them.
SOPs: Standard Operating ProceduresPlease note that not all of the following are in the format set out by RMM 301. They are still useful as a starting point. Be sure to read thoroughly and amend as necessary for your lab group. For instance, some have been written from an undergraduate lab perspective.
- Disposing of Biohazardous Waste
- Handling Cryogens (Liquid Nitrogen)
- Autoclave Use
- Operating a Roto-evaporator
- BSL1 Bleaching Procedures
- Glove Box Use
- Chemical Inventory & Management
- Gas Cylinder Handling
- Hazardous Chemicals (not in RMM format)
- Ultracentrifuge, Use of
- Dry Ice Crusher, Use of
- Mercury SOP
- Organic Solvents, Use of
- Setting up Solvent Stills (not in RMM format) Link coming soon
- Vacuum line, Use of Link coming soon
Some other values references include the following.
Safety Agreement Template is an excellent SOP for working in a research lab. It can be modified for your specific research or laboratory environment.