Chemical SOPs

If you operate a chemical laboratory as defined in Washington Administrative Code 296-828, Using 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 template (Word) and example SOPs below 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 SOP Required Elements Checklist (PDF).

Lists of SOPs and guidelines for download


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