Lab Safety Documentation

All labs at Appalachian State University must have a comprehensive set of documents that are judged to adequately cover all hazards present in the laboratory. This judgement is reserved for the Industrial Hygiene Manager (EHS & EM), the Environmental Affairs Manager (EHS & EM), and the department chair of the lab in question. Some of these documents are broad policies that apply to the entire university while others must be customized to fit the hazards present. EHS & EM provides many Standard Operating Procedure documents (SOP's) for different hazard classes, information flyers, and templates to help labs meet these requirements. Take a look at some of our offerings below! If you have an idea for a flyer, SOP, or any other type of document, send your suggestion to LabSafety@appstate.edu.

Lab Safety Plan

Document Name                                                

Date Revised

Lab Safety Plan9/30/2022
Lab Safety Door Sign9/30/2022

Chemical SOP's

At the base level of all chemical work, lab workers should be handling any substance in the lab using prudent practices as detailed in the free resource Prudent Practices in the Laboratory. However, some chemicals have hazards that require more careful thought and planning in the form of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). The chemical hazard category table provides guidance on what class of Standard Operating Procedure is required based on a chemical’s classification within the Globally Harmonized System. 

Hazard Class SOP's

Document Name                                   

Date Revised

Flammables SOP4/7/2022
Compressed Gases SOP4/7/2022
Toxic Chemicals SOP Editable or Non-editable4/7/2022
Corrosives SOP Editable or Non-editable5/2/2022
Cryogens SOP5/27/2022
Oxidizers SOP Editable or Non-editable8/25/2022
Organic Peroxides SOP10/21/2022
Irritants/Sensitizers SOP11/18/2022

Chemical Specific SOP's

Document Name                                                    

Date Revised

Chloroform SOPComing Soon!
Formaldehyde SOPComing Soon!
Hydrofluoric Acid SOPComing Soon!
Nitric Acid SOPComing Soon! 
Phenol SOPComing Soon! 
Silica SOPComing Soon! 
Sodium Azide SOPComing Soon! 
Sulfuric Acid SOPComing Soon! 

Blank SOP Template

Document Name                                                    

Date Revised

Blank SOP Template5/26/2022

Biological SOP's

Document Name                                                 

Date Revised

Biosafety Level 1 SOPComing Soon!
Biosafety Level 2 SOP5/17/2022

Informational Material

Document Name                                                  

Date Revised

Autoclave Safety4/14/2022
Chemical Storage Guidelines9/9/2021
Cryogen Safety4/7/2022
Drain Disposal Guidance5/4/2022
Eyewash Inspection Log5/19/2022
Start-Up Checklist6/17/2022
Laboratory Glass Disposal8/4/2022