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Our Vision is a campus where safety and sustainability are core values at every level of the institution.

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Working Safely during COVID-19

ESSR staff continue to identify and manage safety and environmental risks for the University of Maryland, helping to insure the health and well-being of our entire campus community.

We believe this list of resources will serve as a guide to help you work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Emergencies, Spills, Injuries, Mold Concern, Incidents, Near Misses and Hazards can be reported.

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  • Improve How Your Mask Protects You

    Mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection.

  • BioRAFT Facilities Module

    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.

  • Highlighting the Dept. of Laboratory Animal Resources

    Learn how the UMD Department of Laboratory Animal Resources continued providing quality animal care during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Highlighting the McIver Lab

    Read how UMD researchers increased their focus on laboratory safety to continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Highlighting Maureen Kotlas, Executive Director

    ESSR Director Maureen Kotlas describes her experience continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Official University of Maryland Laboratory Research Notebooks

    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.

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