Standard Operating Procedures

Labs must have written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) when laboratory work involves the use of hazardous chemicals or physical hazards. All lab personnel, who perform hazardous operations, need to document that they have read and understand all SOPs relevant to their research. New students/employees should be given hands-on training for hazardous operations which should include all relevant SOPs.

The SOPs below can be modified for your purposes.

So the rest of the campus can benefit from your work, please share any SOP you have developed. Submit SOPs by e-mailing them as an attachment to

If you are creating a new SOP, read the Laboratory Specific Standard Operating Procedures Fact Sheet and use the SOP template.

For help prioritizing SOP development, click here.


UC Berkeley College of Chemistry SOP Site (CalNet Authentication required for downloads)


Sample SOPs

Acids (Integrative Biology) (Word)

Acrylamide Gel SOP (Word)

Aqua Regia - Removing Gold (QB3) (Word)

Bergman - Nitric Oxide Use (Chemistry) (PDF)

Bergman - NMR Tube Flame-Sealing (Chemistry) (PDF)

BRDU (OLAC) (Word)

Cadavers (MCB) (Word)

Carcinogens (EH&S) (Word)

Coherent Laser (QB3)  (Word)

Cylinders replacement for Fluorine Premix (Physics) (Word)

DMBA (OLAC) (Word)

EtBr Agarose (IB) (Word)

Ethidium Bromide Agarose Gel Preparation (School of Public Health) (Word)

Lentivirus (OLAC) (Word)

Liquid Nitrogen Dispensing/Sample Storage (Physics) (Word)

NMR Facility (QB3) (Word)

Piranha Cleaning (UCB Campus) (Word)

Potassium Hydroxide Glass Cleaning (QB3) (Word)

SDS-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (MCB) (Word)

Tamoxifen (OLAC) (Word)

TTX Toxin (OLAC)  (Word)