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Laboratory Safety

The goal of Environmental Health and Safety is to build a culture of safety by providing resources to making safety an integral part of the laboratory curriculum in teaching and research laboratories on campus.  The campus Chemical Hygiene Plan(CHP) can be the laboratory safety plan for your area; outlining laboratory work practices and procedures which are necessary to ensure that members of the university community are protected from health hazards associated with the chemicals they work with.  Campus departments that use hazardous chemicals are required to have a Chemical Hygiene Plan.  The campus CHP may serve this purpose or a departmental CHP can be drafted and adhered to as long as it is as strict as, or stricter, than the campus CHP. 

This page contains information and resources for all lab personnel on campus.

Job Safety Analysis and Resources

A Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is used to describe how to perform a task step-by-step, any hazards associated with a task, and controls to mitigate these hazards. JSAs can be developed as part of a safety training program for all equipment and specific operations that present safety hazards and/or concerns. Supervisors, P.I.'s or advisors can use the JSA's to train employees and students on equipment and operations before they begin engaging in such work practices.

The following Job Safety Analysis (JSA) template is available for download in Microsoft Word.

UCLA has an extensive list of JSA's you may refer to:

Standard Operating Procedures:

A standard operating procedure (SOP) is a set of written instructions that describes in detail how to perform a laboratory process or experiment safely and effectively. SOPs are a requirement of Cal Poly’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP).

The scope of an SOP can cover:

  • The specific use of a chemical or class of chemicals (such as a specific laboratory procedure).
  • The generic use specific chemical or class of chemicals with similar hazards (for example, mineral acids).
  • generic procedure (such as distillation) that covers several chemicals.


The PI/Lab Supervisor is responsible for providing written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relevant to health and safety for laboratory activities he/she directs involving hazardous agents.

Prioritizing SOP Development

Priority for SOP development should be given to any operation involving Restricted Chemicals, certain higher risk chemicals, such as select carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and chemicals with high acute toxicity and highly reactive chemicals, and specified higher risk research procedures described in the CHP.

A Standard Operating Template is below. Departments may elect to use this form and fill in appropriate information in the gray shaded text areas to generate SOP's for their specific laboratory activities.

General Use SOPs: (under construction)

General use SOPs for some of the hazardous chemicals commonly used are available for you to incorporate into your own SOPs, as appropriate.