SOP for Oxidizer Use


University of Washington Department of Microbiology

Standard Operating Procedures for Chemicals or Processes

#1   Process

(if applicable)

Oxidizers - use and storage - including the following: (This SOP is not suitable for Perchlorate acid or HF acid.) *_Ammonium Persulfate, hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, silver nitrate, ammonium nitrate, (see attached sheet)

#2  Chemicals

Oxidizers such as dichromates, permanganates, sulfurics, or perchlorates may cause skin irritation or sensitization. Besides these hazardous properties, many oxidizers may present fire and explosion hazards.

#3   Personal Protective                        Equipment (PPE)

Wear chemical splash gloves and heavy duty nitrile or neoprene gloves. Call EH&S (3-0467) for further information if needed. A lab coat or apron is recommended for personal protection and is required when dispensing or cleaning up a spill of a quantity greater than 1 liter of liquid or 0.5 kg of a solid.

#4   Environmental /

Ventilation Controls

Volatile oxidizers should be dispensed in a fume hood.

#5  Special Handling Procedures & Storage Requirements

Store separate from organic compounds, flammable materials, metals, and other easily oxidizable materials; do not use metal containers. Do not use metal containers for oxidizer storage. Storage location *  oxidizers stored in separate tubs in each chemical section (351 and 352 chem store areas).

#6  Spill and Accident                         Procedures

Absorb a liquid spill with suitable diatomaceous earth or universal spill pads, except for concentrated Nitric acid. Place used absorbent materials in plastic containers.

#7  Waste Disposal

Oxidizer solutions cannot be flushed down the drain, even with some excess of water. Place in appropriate container and label with 'Hazardous Waste Label'. Contact EH&S at 5-2848 for collection.

#8  Special Precautions                       for Animal Use

(if applicable)

* NA

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


Name:                                                                                  Title:

Signature:                                                                                              Date:                                    

Environmental Health and Safety, Box 354400              *to be filled in by PI or Supervisor


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