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Chemical SOPs and Guidelines

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines describe safe handling for various chemical hazard classes and some commonly-used chemicals.

Customized, Laboratory-Specific SOPs

Chemicals identified as particularly hazardous or high risk require a customized, laboratory-specific SOP. For these chemicals:

Customized SOPs may reference appropriate chemical safety guidelines linked below.

* Means customization is required. Where a guideline is provided, use the SOP template to create a customized SOP.

Physical Hazards

Compressed Gases Revised 9/30/2016
Cryogens Revised 12/8/2016
Explosives * Revised 10/8/2012
Flammable Liquids Revised 11/28/2016
Oxidizers Revised 10/17/2016
            Aqua Regia* New! Revised 10/17/2019
            Nitric Acid * New! Revised 7/25/2019
            Perchloric Acid *Revised 12/28/2017
            Piranha* New! Revised 10/17/2019
Organic Peroxide-Formers Revised 9/4/2019
Pressure and Vacuum Revised 2/26/2013
Pyrophoric and other highly reactive materials *Revised 8/3/2012
Water Reactives * Revised 3/8/2016

Health Hazards

Asphyxiants Revised 1/2013
Biologically-Derived Toxins *Revised 8/2013
Corrosives Revised 10/17/2016
            Aqua Regia* New! Revised 10/17/2019
            Bleach Revised 2/7/2017
            Hydrofluoric Acid * New Revised 7/25/2019 and Hydrofluoric Acid First Aid and Medical Guidelines Revised 6/21/2019
            Nitric Acid * New! Revised 7/25/2019
            Perchloric Acid *Revised 12/28/2017
            Piranha* New! Revised 10/17/2019
            Sulfuric Acid* New! Revised 7/25/2019

Toxic Gases Revised 5/1/2013
            Phosgene * Revised 6/4/2014
Toxic and Health Hazard Liquids (* PHS liquids) Revised 3/14/2017
            Chloroform * Revised 10/30/2013
            Formalin, paraformaldehyde solutions, paraformaldehyde powder * New! Revised 10/9/2019
            Methylene Chloride/Dichloromethane * Revised 7/12/2013
            Phenol * and HAZARD ALERT - PHENOL BURNS CAN BE FATAL Both Revised 10/30/2013
            b-Mercaptoethanol New! Revised 7/25/2019
Toxic and Health Hazard Powders (and suspensions/solutions).* Revised 4/6/2017
            Acrylamide * Revised 8/2/2012
            Cyanide Salts * New! Revised 7/25/2019
            Ethidium Bromide New! Revised 2/12/2019
            Nanomaterials * Revised 5/1/2013
            Sodium Azide * Revised 3/5/2015
            Osmium Tetroxide * New! Revised 7/25/2019

* Means customization is required

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