Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Typically the result of a job hazard assessment (or JHA) - standard operating procedures are a written step by step set of instructions. When followed this set of instructions should reduce the risks of injury to an individual performing a particularly hazardous procedure.

Job Hazard Assessments (JHAs)

Job hazard assessments must be conducted for all processes that:

  • Could result in serious injury or death.
  • Where there is a history of accidents related to the process or like processes.
  • Industry incidence indicates that significant risks are present.

A JHA can be simple or complex, and should be scaled to fit the process or procedure. A detailed example job hazard assessment tool used in shop safety evaluations can be found to the right under the "JHA Resources" heading and may be used in other settings as well.

Worksite Inspections

The responsibility of each department is to conduct workplace inspections for all areas under departmental supervision. The frequency of regular workplace inspections is left up to the departments' discretion.

EH&S recommends the following:

  • High hazard areas, like labs and shops, are inspected weekly.
  • Warehouse and storage areas be inspected monthly.
  • Office spaces are inspected semiannually or more frequently if hazards warrant more frequent inspections.

Self-inspection checklists appropriate to office areas are provided in generic form in Appendix B of the campus IIPP and also provided to you under the "Worksite Inspection Resources" section on the right hand side of this page. Additional examples are provided for shop and laboratory settings in the same section.


For one-on-one help with either the creation of an SOP, conducting a JHA, or performing worksite inspections please contact the main office by email for guidance.