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October 13, 2017

This senior level Laboratory Safety Industrial Hygienist position supports the goal of providing the UMD research community with the guidance and tools they need to manage safety in their laboratories. 

October 13, 2017

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Environmental Affairs, the primary function of the position will be the management of low-level radioactive wastes generated on the UMD campus.

October 11, 2017

On October 19th, at approximately 9:05 a.m., the UMD campus community will receive an UMD Alert via e-mail. The purpose of this UMD Alert is to educate our community on earthquake preparedness and it gives us another opportunity to test our alert and notifications system.

September 27, 2017

The Annual Fire Safety Report for 2017 is now available.  In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the report contains fire safety information about on-campus student housing.

September 21, 2017

This position reports to the Assistant Director Research Safety and is the lead technical expert responsible for managing and directing the Radiation Safety Program for the University of Maryland College Park campus and at institutions under its control.

September 7, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month. This year's theme will focus on planning, with an overarching theme of "Disasters don't plan ahead. You can."

September 1, 2017

The University Sustainability Fund has approximately $400,000 available this year for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at University of Maryland.

August 21, 2017

The Industrial Hygienist I is responsible for implementing laboratory safety programs at the University of Maryland, College Park.

July 28, 2017

This position serves as the Senior Biosafety Program Manager and reports to the Biosafety Manager/Biosafety Officer in the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk.

May 26, 2017

The Senior Research Safety Program Manager position supports the goal of providing the UMD research community with the guidance and tools they need to manage safety in their laboratories.

May 10, 2017

The University of Maryland is committed to the safety of all individuals in its community. Get more information regarding camps and youth programs at UMD.

May 5, 2017

The Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk is proud to announce the SAFE initiative.

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

The Office of Research Safety publishes a new Safety Culture webpage with resources for the research community.

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 and Finance 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 ( 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

March 5, 2009

Federal and state safety agencies investigate after UCLA university officials failed to address lapses before a Dec. 29 chemical accident left a research assistant with fatal burns. Read more in the Los Angeles Times.