Environmental Health & Safety

University of Colorado Boulder

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Hazardous Materials & Waste Management

Often, the discoveries and accomplishments made at a prestigious research and teaching institution such as the University of Colorado Boulder require the use of materials that are hazardous to human health and the environment, and thus necessitate proper management, waste minimization, and eventual disposal.

This is where the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management (Hazmat) Unit at CU Boulder comes in to play. Our goal is to ensure that all hazardous materials used on campus are legally and responsibly managed and properly disposed. In addition, our objective is to minimize the generation of hazardous wastes where possible. With the continued support of the administration and the cooperative efforts of all the great faculty and staff on campus, we can ensure that when the use of hazardous materials is necessary, the university can reap the benefits while minimizing the risks.

The disposal of hazardous waste is strictly governed by federal and state regulations. In order to properly manage hazardous wastes generated from all CU Boulder properties, the Hazmat unit maintains and operates a state permitted Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) Facility. The TSD facility allows the hazmat unit to handle the diverse waste streams generated from campus research operations and be as efficient as possible while doing this work. Additionally, we strive to be a leader in waste reduction among universities through the operation of the CU Boulder Chemical Waste Treatment Facility, resulting in reduced costs associated with disposal, reduced long-term liabilities, and, most importantly, a reduced impact on the environment.

We look forward to the future challenges posed by the constantly evolving regulations by which we are governed while at the same time getting the most cost effective, compliant disposal methods available to ensure the university’s continued commitment to the preservation of the environment for this generation and beyond.

Services provided by the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Unit include:

  • Chemical waste management
  • Chemical treatment and waste minimization
  • Chemical emergency response
  • Pharmaceutical and controlled substance disposal
  • Battery collection and recycling
  • Equipment disposal/remediation assistance
  • Laboratory cleanout assistance
  • Non-biohazardous waste management
  • Pollution prevention and spill prevention

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News and Updates

  • July 26, 2016 EH&S has a new online SAA Lab management Tool!

    EH&S is excited to announce a new laboratory management tool that will aid in allowing lab members to check their SAA’s online. This will allow for a higher level of compliance across all labs on campus and will be live starting 7/26/2016. Please click on the link below to be directed to the SAA login […]

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  • July 22, 2016 Environmental Health and Safety Starts Pilot Inventory Project at SEEC/SEEL

    EH&S’s new plan is to take inventory responsibilities off the hands of laboratory personnel and minimize the amount of overall work required to maintain an inventory through the use of students and barcodes. This workflow is for the SEEC/SEEL building only and may be temporary without the support/participation of everyone in the new building. Please see the documents below […]

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