Environmental Health & Safety

University of Colorado Boulder



In the 1970s, the first recombinant DNA was produced. This emergent technology was met with concerns about public healthy and safety, potential environmental effect, and the ethical and social impact of such research. Recombinant DNA is made through the recombination of other genetic material, and otherwise does not exist in nature. The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules were issued in 1976 and multiple revisions have been issued since. The most recent revision was released in November 2013.

Our biosafety unit provides assistance to the University community in assuring that research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules and other biological materials is conducted in a safe and responsible manner, and that these activities are in compliance with the NIH Guidelines and all other external regulations and applicable University policies.

Services provided by the Biosafety unit include:

  • IBC application submission and approval
  • Biosafety trainings
  • Biosafety lab inspections
  • Consultation for shipping biological materials
  • Provides shipping labels on request
  • Laboratory design
  • Reminders for autoclave maintenance/spore testing and biosafety cabinet certification
  • Biological waste information

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