Standard operating procedures (SOP) are intended to provide you with general guidance on how to safely work with a specific class of chemicals or type of hazard.  While SOPs provide only general guidance, observance of all the safety practices listed in them is mandatory.  If compliance with all the requirements of a specific standard operating procedure is not possible, the Laboratory Supervisor or Lead Instructor must develop a written procedure that will be used in its place.  This alternate procedure must provide at least the same level of protection (equally stringent) as the SOP it replaces.  The Office of  Health & Safety (OHS) is available to provide guidance during the development of alternate procedures. 

In order to provide flexibility, and given their very nature, SOPs are generic.  They address the use and handling of substances by hazard class only.  In some instances, multiple SOPs may be applicable for a specific chemical (i.e., both the SOPs for flammable liquids and carcinogens would apply to benzene).  If you have questions concerning the applicability of any item listed in this procedure, contact OHS (-3775). 

There are currently twelve SOPs written for the college.  Additional SOPs may be added as needed.  Currently, SOPs are available for: 

  • Acutely toxic gases
  • Acutely toxic chemicals
  • Carcinogens
  • Compressed gases
  • Corrosive chemicals
  • Flammable liquids
  • Oxidizing chemicals
  • Pyrophoric chemicals
  • Reactive solids
  • Reactive liquids
  • Reproductive hazards
  • Water sensitive chemicals 

Standard Operating Procedures are available in Appendix E of this document.


Gary Lee
Director of Environmental Health
4601 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM  87401
(505) 566-3063 or (505) 566-3190