standard operating procedure


: established or prescribed methods to be followed routinely for the performance of designated operations or in designated situations

called also standing operating procedure

Examples of standard operating procedure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, the standard operating procedure is stall, drag out, keep the stars playing and don’t let the media assume anything negative about a player before a judge issues a verdict — hopefully well after the season is over. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, 2 Dec. 2022 In the county’s response, Baltimore County Administrative Officer Stacy Rodgers said that the Department of Public Works had provided training to supervisors, had issued new standard operating procedures, and would offer retraining to employees by January. Lia Russell, Baltimore Sun, 27 Aug. 2023 Since the start of the pandemic, she's worked with the Department of Health to set up standard operating procedures for multiple COVID testing sites, as well as antibody screening clinics. Holly Giovi, Parents, 11 Aug. 2023 But that’s standard operating procedure for the Crimson Tide. Matt Stahl |, al, 6 Aug. 2023 Hough said the department also is considering updating its standard operating procedure on domestic violence. Ashley Luthern, Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2023 Customer Service Evaluate behavior and standard operating procedures for any improvements that could increase sales and efficiency. Jacques Famy Jr, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 This is standard operating procedure for WNBA players, most of whom spend the entire offseason playing in European leagues. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 6 Apr. 2023 The settlement also required the Milwaukee Police Department to change its standard operating procedures, including changes to its fair and impartial policing policy and training and career development programs. Chris Ramirez, Journal Sentinel, 6 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of standard operating procedure was in 1939

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“Standard operating procedure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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