Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

For the purposes of research safety, an SOP is a written set of procedures that explains:

  • how to utilize and manage hazardous materials,
  • appropriate processes, and
  • procedures to prevent or minimize health and safety concerns.

The development and use of SOPs are integral parts of a successful safety program and are required by state and federal regulatory agencies. Safety SOPs are intended to inform and educate laboratory personnel about hazards in their workplace and how to prevent exposure.

Adherence to the SOPs by all University of Florida lab workers is mandatory.

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator or area supervisor to review and approve the SOPs ensuring that the protective equipment and procedures outlined are in place. All staff must be trained on the SOPs applicable to their work before conducting hazardous activities.

Please refer to this guide for more information on what should be included in a safety SOP.

It is highly recommended to use EHS’s SOP templates. If using your own template, you must include all sections covered in the EHS templates.