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February 4, 2019

The 2018 Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses is now available to UMD employees.

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 20, 2018

The manager works to identify and monitor controls in areas of high university exposures resulting from departmental operations and assures compliance with federal, State, and local regulations including adherence to the university’s policies and procedures.

December 18, 2018

This position serves as the ESSR point-of-contact responsible for the on-campus EHS duties at the UMD Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research (IBBR) facility, located in Rockville, Maryland. 

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.

December 10, 2018

The Safety Specialist is responsible for the implementation of multiple occupational safety programs across the campus with an emphasis on assisting with the evaluation of work centers for hazards. This will include conducting site inspections and monitoring workplace exposures.

October 12, 2018

The Administrative Assistant II will perform administrative tasks for the department that includes providing support to the staff and answering calls. Performs business, administrative and personnel functions for the department. 

August 27, 2018

The University of Maryland is looking for a dynamic individual to serve as a Health Physicist within the Radiation Safety Program of the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability, and Risk (ESSR).

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.

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

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