Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

A standard operating procedure (SOP) is a set of written instructions that describes in detail how to safely perform work involving hazardous materials (biological, chemical, radiological), hazardous equipment or hazardous operations. The scope of an SOP can cover:

The specific use of a hazardous material, class of materials or piece of laboratory equipment such as in a specific laboratory procedure.

The generic use of a specific hazardous material, class of materials or piece of laboratory equipment.

A generic procedure that covers several hazardous materials or types of laboratory equipment.

The OSHA Laboratory Standard recommends that the Chemical Hygiene Plan include: “Standard operating procedures relevant to safety and health considerations to be followed when laboratory work involves the use of hazardous chemicals”. The individual Lab Safety Plan has a section for uploading laboratory specific SOPs. Some SOPs for general use are shown below. If you have questions regarding the generation of SOPs contact Terese Anderson at b13@unm.edu.

Research Project and Travel Grant (RPT)

Research Project and Travel Grant SOP

The Department will make reimbursement available up to $500 each fiscal (July 1-June 30) year for graduate student regarding research efforts. Funding is dependent upon individual proposals and funding limits, which may vary from year to year.

This research grant award is intended to defray the costs of conference fees including travel required to present the results of research at a professional regional or national conference.

Effort Certification

Effort Certification SOP

UNM Faculty Handbook - E120: Effort Reporting Policy

Certification of effort is an OMB Circular A-21 requirement that the University of New Mexico agrees to when a contract or grant is accepted that is fully or partly funded by the federal government. Timely effort reports, generated by the University, are used to document the certification of effort. The OMB requirement is designed to ensure that:

  1. The percent of effort expended on each project is not less than the percent of effort committed to the sponsor to spend on the project.
  2. 
The percent of effort expended on each project is not less than the percent of salary charged to the project.

Building Emergency and Safety Procedures

Emergency and Safety SOP

For building emergencies and contacts please refer to this document.