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Risky Business

A weeklong series of Risk Management topics designed to create a forum for non-risk managers to learn about common risks on a university campus, to advance effective risk practices at UMD!
When: January 17-20, 2017
Where: University Health Center Rm 1150
Time: 12pm – 1pm

Expectations for Conducting Safe Research

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"

Safety Culture

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

Mosquito 8.16.16
Mosquito Prevention

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.
We have Moved

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.)

The following ESSR units are housed at Seneca: Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Office of Research Safety, Office of Risk Management, Office of Sustainability, and ESSR Administration, Business and Financial Services. ESSR Environmental Affairs will remain at their location at the 344 Building (Hazardous Waste Facility) located near the Wye Oak Building and Research Greenhouse Complex.

The new ESSR address and contact information is:

Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
Seneca Building
4716 Pontiac Street, Suite 0103
College Park, MD 20742

UMD wins the Health and Safety Working Group Award of Excellence

At the 27th annual SERMA Conference and Awards Presentation on Thursday, May 26, 2016 UMD won the Health and Safety Working Group Award of Excellence and an Injury Reduction Award.

Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report is now available.

Maureen Kotlas appointed Executive Director effective 2/1/2016

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.

Maureen Kotlas

URL Change

Our web site has changed to

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