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University of Colorado Denver

Environmental Health and Safety

Guidance for New Researchers

Environmental Health & Safety

As a new researcher you are responsible for conducting your work in a safe manner at all times. NIH Grants Policy has specific Health and Safety Public Policy Requirements for all Principal Investigators. The university has specific examples of these requirements for laboratory supervisors and principal investigators in the  Supervisor and PI Responsibilities guidance document. You must also register your lab using the UC Denver Laboratory Registration Form.

Researchers on the UC Denver Campus are also expected to follow guidance provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding Lab Safety.

Biological Safety
Those working with 
  • ​​rDNA
  • transgenic animals
  • infectious or potentially infectious material
must contact the Institutional Biosafety Committee to determine registration requirements.

Biosafety Cabinet - Contact regarding certification and registration requirements.​
Coming Soon - Biowaste Program guidance.​

Hazardous Materials
Contact to
  • establish chemical waste pickup service
  • receive guidance on the proper management of hazardous materials ​

​Occupational Health - Coming Soon

Radiation Safety

Those who will use radioactive materials must

​Research Safety & Industrial Hygiene

     - arrange a new-lab-setup meeting
     - acquire chemical waste labels