Photo developers develop photographic images or print media using chemicals.
Most researchers are using a contracted service provider for the management of their photo developer processing units. The contractor provides services that include:
- Chemical testing and refills
- Equipment maintenance cleaning
- Installation and changing of silver recovery units (filters that re required when discharging chemicals directly to sanitary sewers such as floor drains or sinks)
List of contracted providers on campus (AMC):
- Medical imaging Technologies
- Merry X-Ray
- Rocky Mountain Radiographics
- T.G X-Ray
If you do not use a contracted service provider and are managing your own chemical processes, please contact EHS for guidance to help you meet your regulatory requirements.
- Christina Aguilera, Environmental Compliance and Industrial Hygiene Manager, 303-724-0242
- The recommended standard for maintenance to the unit is once per month
- The recommended standard to change the silver recovery unit is once per year
- When your contracted service provider is conducting maintenance on the unit, ask them to check the silver recovery unit to see if it needs to be changed sooner than its next scheduled date. Also remind them to fill out the log sheet when any maintenance or silver recovery unit change out is done to the machine
- Make sure there is an emergency contact card outside the photo developer room. This way if there is a spill or other emergency, the contact person will be informed by Facilities Management personnel
- If the P.I or the lab manager is no longer responsible for the machine, please contact Environmental Health and Safety so that the information can be updated
For more information on photo developer requirements, visit the following:
- Metro Waste Water Reclamation District
- EPA information about photo developers
EHS and your Silver Recovery vendor should be notified when decommissioning or moving a photo developer from a UC Denver building. Facility Managers should report all new or relocated darkroom and photo developers to EHS at (303)-724-0345.9
If you have a new unit, you must register it with EHS.