Standard Operating Procedures for Labs
A standard operating procedure (SOP) is a set of instructions for performing experiments or processes that involve hazards (chemical, physical, biological, radiation). SOPs are lab-specific and include documentation of the people who have received training for that procedure.
New students and employees working in your lab should be provided with hands-on training for hazardous materials and operations that are covered by the SOPs for your lab.
SOPs by Hazard Type
General Lab Safety
A library of SOP templates for common hazardous chemicals and operations is available in the ‘SOP’ tab on Labs @ Berkeley (L@B).
Generate SOPs from Chemical Inventory
EH&S provides a service to generate chemical class or “banded” SOPs from a certified chemical inventory. Taking advantage of this service can save a lot of time compared to filling them out individually.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request this service, or if you have any questions about lab safety SOPs.
SOPs for biological research are also available for download from the ‘SOP’ tab in Labs @ Berkeley (L@B).
Radioactive Materials and Radiation Producing Machines
SOPs for radioactive materials and radiation producing machines are specific to each radiation use authorization (RUA). EH&S has a library of finalized SOPs for common experiments on campus that can be tailored to your planned work. Contact email@example.com to collaborate on the development of SOPs for your research with radioactive materials or radiation producing machines.
SOPs are required for all active Class 3B and 4 lasers. SOPs are to be reviewed and approved by principal investigators and then the campus laser safety officer (LSO). A copy of the SOP should be available for review at all times.