The development and use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) is an integral part 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. Lab-specific Standard Operating Procedures shall be available for all hazardous materials.
- It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator or area supervisor to review and approve the SOPs ensuring that their practices and procedures outlined are adequate and in place.
- It will be up to the Principal Investigator or laboratory supervisor to ensure that written safety procedures are developed for work in their labs and that controls and protective equipment are adequate to prevent overexposure. In many cases, standard operating procedures for laboratory safety have been developed and implemented for years and few changes will be necessary to comply with the OSHA Lab Standard.
- Researchers must maintain SOPs as hard copies placed in a labeled three ring binder and/or as labeled electronic files on a computer/server. All lab personnel must have ready access to both hard copy and electronic files.
- All SOPs that are read and understood by lab personnel must be signed and dated.
Chemical SOPs (NetID req'd)
- Acrylamide- in progress
- Benzene- in progress
- Carcinogens (DOC: 81KB)
- Compressed Gases (DOC: 77KB)
- Cryogenic Liquids (DOC: 81KB)
- Explosive Compounds (DOC: 81KB)
- Ethidium Bromide- in progress
- Flammable Solids (DOC: 76KB)
- Flammable Solvents (DOC: 77KB)
- Formaldehyde- in progress
- Hydrofluoric Acid- (DOC: 85KB)
- Nitric Acid- in progress
- Oxidizers (DOC: 76KB )
- Peroxide Formers (DOC: 199KB)
- Water Reactives (DOC: 77KB)
Waste Anesthetic Gas (WAG)
WAGs are anesthetic gases and vapors that leak into the surrounding room during medical procedures. At NYU Isoflurane is the commonly used inhalation anesthetic. Researchers can be exposed, via inhalation, to WAGs, including isoflurane, if care is not taken to scavenge or prevent release into the laboratory environment. The principal investigator (PI) or the lab supervisor is responsible for developing and implementing an SOP for the purchase, storage, safe handling, and use of this chemical that is specific to the PI’s research.
Always consult with OVR veterinarians if you have animal care concerns related to the use of halogenated anesthetic gases.
Upon request, an evaluation can be done to assess staff exposures by monitoring the laboratory workers while they perform work with isoflurane.
Types of anesthetic gas -Nitrous oxide and halogenated agents (vapors) such as halothane, enflurane, isoflurane, and desflurane. The most commonly used anesthetic at NYU is isoflurane.
OSHA Guidance Document- Anesthetic Gases: Guidelines for Workplace Exposures