SOP Checklist

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Standard Operating Procedure Template (Simple Guide)

This Standard Operating Procedure template is used as a guide for creating a simple and easy-to-use SOP.

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Standard Operating Procedure Template (Housekeeping)

This template is used by compliance teams to assess whether employees comply with general standards when cleaning ceiling lights and blinds.

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Housekeeping SOP Checklist

Use this SOP-template for hotel room inspection.

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Standard Operating Procedure Template (Food Manufacturing)

A food production SOP template is used to assess whether employees comply with food production standards.

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Manufacturing SOP Compliance Template

A manufacturing SOP Compliance Template is used to ensure that workers follow the prescribed SOPs for operations.

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Tablet Compression SOP

A tablet compression SOP template is used to ensure that the correct steps are taken by lab personnel when using the tablet press.

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Kitchen SOP Checklist

Use this template to verify that staff in your company are following standard operating procedures (SOP).

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SOP Checklist: Sanitizing Food Contact Surfaces

Use this SOP template to prevent food-borne diseases by assuring that all food contact surfaces are cleaned.

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What are SOP? - One Example


A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a step-by-step guide in which companies define a standardized procedure for their processes (usually in critical areas), for example how they develop products or provide services.


If it is determined that activities involve known hazards that could result in damage or injury, companies should establish SOP patterns to record specific steps and reduce the hazard in the operation. A SOP template ensures easy reproducibility and standardization of a process.


What is a SOP template for?


A good standard operation procedures format helps every employee (no matter how experienced) to carry out individual work steps, is precise and easy to understand. In order for employees to be able to remember every detail of a procedure or precise sequence of work steps at any time, SOP templates should be carefully prepared by companies. Remember, SOP templates create measurable processes that provide structured instructions in case of problems or even emergencies.


With strict compliance requirements and in quality and safety management, good SOP templates standardize activities, guarantee consistency, quality and safety and provide a way to make processes measurable and to record any deviations. The records are in turn helpful in the implementation of corrective actions.


SOP procedures are designed in various industries for quality and compliance, routine or highly repetitive activities, high-risk tasks, new processes or business areas or training programs.


This article deals with the topics:


1. A simple SOP template and sketch


2. How to create an effective SOP format


3. Mobile technologies to streamline SOP documentation



A Simple SOP Template and Sketch


Front Page


The title page shall contain the full SOP title, the SOP number, the version number or date of approval, the name and signature of the author, the name and signature of the person authorising the SOP format, and the date of signature.


Table of contents


Enter the page numbers and the total number of pages in the standard operating procedure.


Purpose


The purpose defines the objectives and scope of the standard operating procedure.


Procedure


The procedure provides clear and mandatory descriptions of the individual process steps.


Quality assurance


The quality assurance specifies the criteria for the control of the described product/service, system or process.


References


All associated SOPs of operations used in this SOP.



How to write an effective SOP template


SOP templates come in different forms depending on purpose, industry and target group and can range from process instructions to checklists and flowcharts. However, they should all focus on the following three core areas to create an effective general SOP form:


1. Purpose

This area provides a clear objective of what needs to be achieved and why the SOP is important. In this core area, the following questions are to be answered: "What is the target process?", "What needs to be changed in this process?" and "Why write an SOP template for this process? A clearly formulated purpose is to help employees understand why they should follow relevant SOP procedures and not just perform processes for the sake of the process.


SOP example (housekeeping in the office):


The SOP aims to outline the domestic services and to ensure that the workplaces are free of dirt and disorder. This is critical to maintaining a safe working environment and avoiding minor or major incidents.


2. Scope

This section describes which specific tasks are covered for the target group. This should refer to the persons who should adhere to the SOP and list the relevant tasks and responsibilities covered by the SOP. It may also be helpful to explain what does not fall within the scope of this particular SOP format and to refer to other documents that may be referred to in other tasks.


SOP example (housekeeping in the office):


This SOP is intended to assist facility management personnel in the coverage of the following tasks:


  • Window cleaning

  • Carpet care

  • Dusting

  • Waste management

This SOP format does not apply to the identification of damage to equipment and repair work. Further information on these tasks can be found in the SOP incident report.


3. Procedure

This report shall contain a list of detailed steps to be taken to ensure the effective accomplishment of the tasks referred to. The procedural steps should be written down in an orderly, concise and easily understandable SOP format. All steps should be followed by the staff



Why does a mobile app like Lumiform help with SOPs?


With Lumiform's mobile app you can easily perform any type of quality and safety inspection using a tablet or smartphone - online or offline. With the desktop software you can create checklists and effectively evaluate the data collected in the field. This significantly reduces the risk of quality losses, industrial accidents, documentation errors and damage to your reputation.


An effective digital SOP tool like Lumiform's should be easy for staff to use while giving managers and trainers full transparency of what is happening in the field. In addition, an effective digital SOP tool gives the ability to react to deviations at lightning speed and solve incidents within the team.


  • The flexible form builder helps you to convert any individual SOP standard operating orocedure format into a digital SOP format within minutes.

  • Lumiform offers via 9,000 ready-made templates , so that you can quickly and safely go digital.

  • With the super intuitive mobile app you can perform any SOP example with ease and save time.

  • Solve issues collaboratively with your teammates.

  • All Standard Operating Procedure results are automatically summarised in a SOP report and can be sent to stakeholders on-the-fly.

  • Comprehensive analyses help you to uncover inefficient areas in your company faster and thus to improve SOP processes continuously.