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January 29, 2021

2020 Summary of Work-Related Injury and Illnesses  is now available.

December 16, 2020

ESSR is excited to announce the implementation of the BioRAFT Facilities Module. This will be used to manage ESSR’s training records for UMD staff. UMD Researcher's training records have been managed in BioRAFT. ESSR training records for all UMD staff will soon be in BioRAFT. More information, including instructions will be available once this implementation is complete.

October 5, 2020

The Office of Research Safety is proud to announce that Official University of Maryland Laboratory Research Notebooks are available for purchase through the Department of Business Services. These attractive, durable notebooks come with a number of features that support robust management of research data.

March 24, 2020

The University of Maryland is committed to providing a work environment that is free of recognized hazards. This fact sheet details voluntary respirator use and guidance on the release of stockpiled N95 filtering facepiece respirators that have exceeded their manufacturer-designated shelf life for COVID-19 response.

June 3, 2019

The Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk, (ESSR) joins the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations nationwide in celebrating National Safety Month.

May 9, 2019

A new collaborative effort between the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Engineering & Energy is finding ways to reap the benefits of science while reducing the environmental impacts.

February 1, 2019

Given this week’s frigid temperatures, the Maryland Department of Health has asked us to share information to prevent illness and injury. Please take a moment to read through the guidance below. We would like to especially encourage all Terps to cover up and bundle up to prevent frostbite or hypothermia. Please protect yourselves in these extreme weather conditions and look out for your neighbors.

December 12, 2018

Fire and life safety is everyone’s responsibility; by testing smoke alarms and CO detectors, keeping exits clear of obstructions, and maintaining fire alarms and fire sprinkler systems, we can all avoid injury or death from the effects of fire.

February 1, 2018

Graduate students in the School of Public Health collaborated with staff members from the Office of Risk Management in the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk (ESSR) this past semester on their class projects to analyze and make key recommendations about the workplace health and safety environment at the University of Maryland.

January 25, 2018

Stormwater management, permitting, and pollution control is a major priority for the University of Maryland.

March 31, 2017

Starting this year, the University of Maryland is taking a historic step on its journey toward carbon neutrality. President Loh has approved a strategy to eliminate the climate impact caused by university-related student, faculty, and staff air travel through a new Carbon Neutral Air Travel Initiative.

October 11, 2016

Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost, Amitabh Varshney, Interim Vice President and Chief Research Officer and Carlo Colella, Vice President for Administration renew their commitment to a strong culture of safety by issuing the expanded "Expectations for Conducting Safe Research"

January 11, 2016

I am so pleased to be returning to the University of Maryland as the Executive Director of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk (ESSR.) This is a wonderfully exciting time for the University with record research funding, the addition of new campus facilities, a continuing increase in student enrollment, and membership in the Big Ten (Go Terps!), among many other initiatives and accomplishments. The very capable staff of ESSR are here to provide the University with excellent support and services in line with our vision of a campus where safety and sustainability are core values. I invite you to explore our website (www.essr.umd.edu) for additional information about our programs and resources. I hope to meet as many of you as possible and I look forward to hearing from you with your comments, questions, and suggestions. Sincerely, Maureen Kotlas