Chemical and Lab Safety SOPS

UMass Amherst EH&S in conjuction with the Institutional Chemical Safety Committee (ICSC) has prepared a series of standard operating procedures (SOPs) listed below for the use of particular hazardous materials and processes.  The University's Chemical Hygiene Plan provides general guidance on classes of materials and processes.  Laboratories are also required to develop their own SOPs for operations with hazardous materials and processes that are specific to the lab.  These are required components of the laboratory specific chemical hygiene plan.  Guidance on preparation of SOPs is also provided by EH&S.  SOPs for work with highly toxic or reactive items or hazardous processes must be submitted to the ICSC for institutional review and approval on the appropriate ICSC review form.

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This SOP details basic safe work practices to follow when working with 3D printers.   To date,... read more

This SOP discusses the chemical and physical hazards of gel electrophoresis and how to mitigate... read more

Aqua regia is commonly used to remove noble metals such as gold, platinum and palladium from... read more

This standard operating procedure (SOP) contains guidelines for safe preparation, use, and... read more

Batteries can discharge hazardous gases or present fire or explosion risks if these are... read more

This document outlines the procedures to be used for the safe handling of compressed gases.... read more

The purpose of this guideline is to ensure the proper management of cryogenic liquids in order... read more

The storage of flammable materials in labs can be challenging, particularly when these items... read more

This SOP describes the hazard mitigation controls necessary to work safely with formaldehyde and... read more

Laboratories desire stable temperature storage for chemicals, biologicals, radiologicals and... read more

This fact sheet details precautions to take to ensure safety while conducting field research... read more

This fact sheet details safe work practices to mitigate hazards posed by use of hot plates. ... read more

This standard operating procedure covers the engineering controls, personal protective equipment... read more

This SOP details the basic safe work practices to follow when performing lab-scale operations... read more

MS-222 is also known as Tricaine methanesulphonate (TMS) and is used as an anesthetic and... read more

This SOP details basic safe work practices to follow when working with nanomaterials.   While it... read more

This SOP details safe work practices to mitigate hazards posed by use of oil baths.  Correct... read more

Osmium tetroxide is commonly used as an oxidizing reagent for synthesis and as a staining agent... read more

Some hazardous materials can affect your hearing after repeated and prolonged exposure.  These... read more

Perchloric acid (HClO4) is a strong mineral acid. Under some circumstances it may act as an... read more

This SOP provides basic safe practices for working with peroxide-forming materials.  Please also... read more

Piranha is a strong oxidant and is generated from conc. sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide.  DO... read more

Pyrophoric materials have the characteristic of spontaneously igniting upon contact with air.... read more

Rotovaps, used to remove solvent under reduced pressure from mixtures, can present a variety of... read more

This SOP details basic safe work practices to follow when working with sodium azide.  Sodium... read more

This SOP discusses hazard mitigation strategies and requirements for soldering.  Please note... read more