A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a set of step-by-step instructions compiled to help workers carry out complex routine operations in a safe and efficient way. Procedures are extensively employed to assist us to work safely with chemicals. USD requires the use of written SOP for the use of identified Particular Hazardous Substances (PHS).

Please use the Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) template below to write your laboratory-specific SOPs. All sections on the SOP template must be completed. Please refer to the corresponding Material Safety Data Sheet to add important information on the SOPs per the manufacturer recommendations.

General template of Standard Operating Procedure
 
The EHS Department has created a large number of USD-specific SOPs for Particularly Hazardous Substances and will make them available upon request.

Alternatively, the University of California Los Angeles EHS Department has generated a great many SOP's for chemicals and has made them freely available for use by other universities. You can customize these SOPs to match your laboratory operations.

UCLA Chemical SOP Library

Feel free to contact us for further assistance.