Environmental Health & Safety

University of Colorado Boulder

Campus Support

Campus Community

Faculty and Staff

Working on the beautiful Boulder campus is great. We make sure campus stays safe so you can enjoy working here. That can range from asbestos abatement in historic buildings to addressing the effects of severe weather on campus buildings. If you have questions or concerns about the safety of campus or campus buildings, please contact us.

Campus Residents

Household Hazardous Waste

Many products used in the home, garden, garage and hobby shop contain hazardous ingredients and need to be disposed of safely!

Don’t put it down the drain or in the trash, Boulder County will dispose of your household hazardous waste for free. Anything that is:

  • Toxic (rat poison, pesticides, bleach)
  • Flammable (lighter fluid, paint remover)
  • Corrosive (oven and drain cleaner)

Check out the Boulder county site for hours of operation, driving directions and any other questions you may have. They have a list of items they do and do not accept, and tips on reducing your waste.

These household hazardous wastes cannot be accepted by EH&S’s chemical hazardous waste program.

CDPHE “Hazardous Wastes from your home”

Helpful Information

Indoor Air Quality

The quality of indoor air can be affected by a variety of factors and result in health related symptoms or general discomfort. Health effects may include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable.

Water Intrusion & Flood

When water intrusion or flooding occur in campus buildings, we ensure building occupants’ safety by investigating potential mold or mold related air quality situations. We’ve compiled the documentation below to help answer common questions about mold and air quality.

Water Quality

Both the water that leaves campus through storm drains, and the waste water sent off campus for treatment, are subject to regulations from local and state regulatory agencies. Additional information can be found in the following resource documents.


Radon levels have been tested throughout the CU Boulder campus. For information, contact the Radiation Safety unit.