Standard Operating Procedures


Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are written, specific step-by-step description that guide a worker through a task from start to finish in a chronological order.

SOPs are an important aspect of ensuring that work is completed safely and meeting the regulatory obligations as set out in the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Code and Regulations. SOPs should be written with sufficient detail to ensure that someone with limited experience or knowledge of the procedure, but with a basic understanding, can successfully carry out the procedure in a safe manner when unsupervised. They should be written in a concise, logical, step-by-step, easy-to-read format.

Reference to the manufacturer’s or supplier’s user manuals or information may be required to assist in provision of accurate information.

To assist in meeting regulatory obligations, samples have been developed for various tasks. Feel free to use these samples to develop your own SOPs. An SOP template is provided below. Additional SOPs will be added as time permits.

If you have a SOP that you would like to include in this database or require one that you do not see here, let us know.

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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Abrasive Wheels/Grinders – Bench, Floor and Hand

Pallet Jack