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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.

April 3, 2017

Join ESSR for Maryland Day 2017 on Saturday, April 29! Our theme this year will be Safety At Home.

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.

January 12, 2017

The Division of Administration and Finance has a brand new website featuring information about campus facilities, community engagement, public safety, and much more. 

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"

August 16, 2016

OSHA and the CDC provide the following information for mosquito prevention. Zika is a mosquito-borne illness. General mosquito prevention activities can reduce your risks.

August 13, 2016

The Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (ESSR) has moved office locations from the Chesapeake Building to the Seneca Building located on Baltimore Avenue (Route 1.)

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.