SOP for Naphthalene Use


University of Washington Department of Microbiology

Standard Operating Procedures for Chemicals or Processes

#1   Process

(if applicable)

Handling, use and storage of naphthalene

#2a  Chemicals




#2b  signs of exposure

Combustible solid! Carcinogen Harmful if Swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through skin.

Retinotoxin: vapors may cause cataracts, injuries to cornea and irritation


Burning sensation, coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

If skin or eyes are contacted, wash immediately. If chemical is inhaled, remove to fresh air, and call 911 if breathing is impacted.

#3   Personal Protective                        Equipment (PPE)

Always wear gloves

#4   Environmental /

Ventilation Controls

Work only in fume hood

#5  Special Handling Procedures & Storage Requirements

Store tightly closed in flammable liquids cabinets

Incompatible with: Oxidizing agents, including Acids


#6  Spill and Accident Procedures

Evacuate area: If spill is at all large, it may require self contained breathing apparatus. Call for help. If small or contained in fume hood, sweep up, place in a bag and call for disposal.

Fire extinguishers to be used: Carbon dioxide and dry


#7  Waste Disposal

Call to have disposed as hazardous waste (must be burned in incinerator)

#8 special precautions for animal use

(if applicable)


Particularly hazardous

substance involved?


Blocks #9 to #11 are Mandatory

 X     NO:

Blocks #9 to #11 are Optional.

#9  Approval Required


#10 Decontamination


#11 Designated Area



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