Lab Safety Documents
Updated USF Chemical Hygiene Plan (pdf)
Safety Manual for Teaching Labs/Studios/Shops (pdf)
Lab Review Checklist
Safety Operating Procedures (SOP)
A safety operating procedure (SOP) is a document that describes the safe handling, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals. An SOP can be procedure or process specific, chemical specific, hazard class specific, or equipment specific.
According to the USF Chemical Hygiene Plan, SOPs must be developed and made available to laboratory personnel. A determination for developing an SOP will be made in collaboration with the USF Laboratory Safety program staff and the Principal Investigator.
Due to the chemical and physical hazards associated with some extremely hazardous chemicals, specific guidelines are provided below to assist you in developing SOPs for these types of chemicals, along with some examples of SOPs. Please note that you should not cut and paste contents from the SOPs provided without reviewing. SOPs should be customized for your specific laboratory operations.
Guidelines for Developing SOPs
Library of Chemical SOPs
Safety Operating Procedure Template
Safety Operating Procedure Template Hydrofluoric Acid
EH&S will post examples of laboratory-specific SOPs, collected from various labs, for the purpose of sharing this information among our researchers. If you have an example of a lab-specific SOP that you developed using the above template and you would like to share, please submit to EH&S@usf.edu.