UC Irvine Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Resources

INTRODUCTION

An SOP clearly outlines precautions related to specific operations or experiments.  Lab workers review and sign them prior to working with hazardous chemicals.  Chemical hazard bands provide general SOPs for categories of chemicals such as flammables and labs add specific information relevant to their operations.  Higher hazard chemicals may require a chemical-specific SOP with more detail and labs add information on their specific protocols.  Common or high hazard processes require process SOPs.  The EH&S website provides templates and specific examples of these SOPs and EH&S staff can consult with labs to implement SOPs.

CREATING SOPS

Step 1: Chemical Inventory
Update the lab Chemical Inventory (CiBR-Trac) by adding new chemicals when they arrive and removing chemicals that have been completely used and their container disposed.  

Step 2: Banded SOPs
Print the Chemical Band Specific SOPs relevant to your lab as identified by CiBR-Trac from the list below.  Complete the “Lab Specific Use Procedures”.      

Step 3: Chemical Specific SOPs
Print chemical-specific SOPs from the SOP Library for chemicals requiring a specific SOP as identified by CiBR-Trac and complete the section “Protocol/Procedure”. 

Step 4: Process SOPs
Create process SOPs for commonly used and highest hazard processes.  Select from the Hazardous Operations SOPs list below or work with EH&S to identify and create them.

Step 5: Training and Signature
Add the SOPs to the lab safety binder and ensure anyone working in the lab reviews and understands the SOPs and signs them.

 

Chemical Band Specific SOPs

The SOP templates below are to be used to write your laboratory-specific SOPs. All sections on the SOP template must be completed. All SOPs must be reviewed, approved, and signed by the Principal Investigator. Laboratory members must review and sign the SOPs that apply to their research and be documented in the SOS binder.

Hazardous Operations SOPs   

Chemical Specific SOPs

The SOP templates below are to be utilized to write your laboratory specific SOPs. All sections on the SOP template must be completed. Please refer to the corresponding Safety Data Sheet (SDS) from the same manufacturer of the chemical to add important information on the SOPs per the manufacturer recommendattions. All SOPs must be reviewed, approved, and signed by the Principal Investigator. Laboratory members must review and sign the SOPs that apply to their research and be documented in the SOS binder.

Additional Resources

 

For additional assistance in developing SOPs, contact your School EH&S Coordinator or email chemsafety@uci.edu.

These safety resources, prepared solely for the use of the Regents of the University of California, were provided by a variety of sources.  It is your responsibility to customize the information to match your specific operations.  Neither the University of California nor any of its employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.  Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the University of California. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the University of California, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

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