September 11-13, 2017
The Hilton Atlanta
Atlanta, GA USA

Facility Tour Hosts

We're currently arranging tours for 2017, in the mean time please check out our tours from 2016:

NOTE:Should a new tour be announced after you have registered, you will have the ability to change your selection. Transportation to and from the Marriott City Center Downtown Pittsburgh and the plant will be provided. All attendees must utilize this transportation.

PRECLUSION STATEMENT: EHS Today may be required to preclude attendees from attending a tour. This step will be taken solely by EHS Today at the request of our host facility based upon the proprietary nature of information that is to be presented. The host facility’s decisions are final and will be communicated to attendees in advance. Some participants on the tour may be asked to complete a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

Construction Site Safety Tour at Carnegie Mellon University


Construction Site Safety Tour at Carnegie Mellon University

The David A. Tepper Quadrangle represents a new academic vision at Carnegie Mellon aimed at interconnecting research, curricula and initiatives from across the campus' world-class schools and colleges. Scheduled for completion in late spring 2018, this $104 million dollar building project on a 4.5-acre site will be the centerpiece of the University's new north campus and its initial project will be the new campus gateway and home for the Tepper School of Business. 
Currently 90 contractor and subcontractor employees – carpenters, operators, laborers, electricians, plumbers – are on site, working on grade beams, foundation walls and underground utilities.

This project includes a Company Work Site Safety Plan that is incorporated as part of the bid documents. Orientation training is conducted for both company and subcontractor employees on site, and safety consistently is part of the agenda of weekly and monthly meetings with employees.

What you will see and learn:

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

  • Long pants
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Safety glasses, vests, and hardhats will be provided

Heinz Field - Home of the Pittsburgh Steeler

What you will see and learn:

In one of the most unusual tours we’ve offered at the Safety Leadership Conference, attendees will be able to tour Heinz Field, home of the famous Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Ground was broken for Heinz Field on June 18, 1999. A total of 14,000 workers spent more than two years building the stadium, and the project has the reputation of being one of the most safe stadium construction projects in history. That safety legacy continues at Heinz Field, where 65,000 Steelers fans cheer their hometown team during football season and where music fans have enjoyed concerts by Taylor Swift, ‘N Sync and Kenny Chesney during the off season and where runners for some of the Pittsburgh Marathons concluded their race and American Idol hopefuls auditioned. 

You can imagine the amount of planning and effort it takes to keep that many people safe from a variety of hazards: maintaining safe walkways; keeping exits open; ensuring weapons are not brought into the venue; crowd control; proper lighting; safety for the workers who are there every day performing operational, cleaning and maintenance services; stopping overzealous fans from disturbing the players or performers… The director of security at Heinz Field will lead the tour and provide insight into what it takes to keep 65,000 fans, hundreds of employees and world-famous football players and performers safe in this age of heightened security. He will discuss the state-of-the-art safety and security methods they employ at Heinz Field and share a story or two about some of the famous names and games.

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

  • Business attire

Industrial Scientific Corporation

Industrial Scientific logo

As the global leader in gas detection, Industrial Scientific provides gas detection products and services that keep workers safe in hazardous environments. The company’s more than 700 employees in 25 countries are committed to preserving human life, and have dedicated their careers to ending death on the job in this century. Established in 1985, and headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA Industrial Scientific has operations based in Arras (France), Dortmund (Germany), and Shanghai (China), and provides technical services to customers from local service centers around the world. Industrial Scientific is also the parent company of Predictive Solutions Corporation.

Predictive Solutions saves lives by predicting workplace injuries. The company’s safety software solutions help track, trend, and analyze safety-related data by employing proprietary predictive models. These models predict the likelihood, frequency, and location of workplace injuries using customers’ safety observation data. Predictive Solutions also delivers consulting services that drive culture and process change within organizations to create sustainable workplace injury prevention programs.

In 2015, Industrial Scientific and Predictive Solutions moved into a brand new, award-winning global headquarters close to downtown and the Pittsburgh International Airport. The 200,000 sq. ft. facility houses 400 employees in the areas of manufacturing, service, product development, and administration. The One Life Way location reflects the company’s “employees first” mindset by providing a stimulating environment for collaboration and innovative thinking. One Life Way offers creative workspaces, state of the art equipment, dining facilities, a fitness room, walking trails, and many more amenities. As the company continues to grow, there is room for a 100,000 sq. ft. addition and 330 more employees—all dedicated to ending death in the workplace.

What you will see and learn:

  • Tour an OHSAS 18001-certified manufacturing facility that creates life-saving portable gas detectors and equipment
  • Learn how Industrial Scientific uses employee engagement to drive operational excellence and industry-leading performance
  • See how Industrial Scientific and Predictive Solutions are striving to end death in the workplace through the use of predictive analytics

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

  • Business casual

MSA Safety

Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company's comprehensive line of products is used by workers around the world in a broad range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire service, the construction industry, mining and the military. MSA’s core products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, fire and rescue helmets, and fall protection devices. With 2015 revenues of $1.1 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,600 people worldwide. The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., and has manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international locations, MSA realizes approximately half of its revenue from outside North America. For more information visit MSA’s web site at

What you will see and learn:

  • Safety Observation Program with employee engagement, including recognition for positive safety behaviors.
  • Near Hit Participation Program, tracked through area KPI Boards.
  • New Equipment Do-Not-Operate (DNO) and approval process.

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

  • Only US citizens may attend
  • Must disclose if you are a competitor

North American Forgemasters (NAF), Ellwood Quality Steels (EQS), and Ellwood Mill Products (EMP)

EQS is a steel mill that provides raw material for Scot Forge, NAF and EMP.  NAF is a joint venture between Scot Forge and the Ellwood Group (EGI).
NAF’s new 90MN (10,120 ton) open die forging press is the greatest tonnage, fastest acting and most reliable in the Americas. The press opening is also the largest with 6 meters (236 inches) of vertical daylight and five meters (197 inches) between the columns. The stroke is 3.1 meters (122 inches). The press is serviced by a 200 metric ton railbound manipulator, a 100 metric ton mobile manipulator and a 190-ton overhead crane.
The existing, internally designed and built 40 MN (4,500 ton) sister press is serviced by two, 50-ton mobile manipulators. This press has been operational since 1998 and was fully rebuilt in 2013. During its operation, NAF has averaged forging more than 100,000 ingot tons per year making it the most productive press in the U.S. and possibly the world. This is a testament to both the skill of the NAF forging crews and the maintenance staff that maximizes the press uptime. 

Ellwood Mill Products (EMP) is a manufacturing subsidiary of Ellwood City Forge.With over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space under roof, EMP has open-die forging, heat treatment, and machining capabilities to handle the largest forgings that are produced by ECF -- up to 110,000 pounds.  EMP's close proximity to EGI business unit, Ellwood Quality Steels, allows the receipt of ingots hot via an in-house transfer car thus eliminating the need for outside transportation.
EMP currently has 95 employees.  

Ellwood Quality Steels is located in a building over 403,000 square feet large. Ingots range in size from 2 to 77 tons and are produced from an inventory of more than 40 active mold sizes. As a result, Ellwood Quality Steels can quickly manufacture the starting stock required by leading open die forgers, closed die forgers, extruders, ring rollers, plate mills and bar mills throughout the continent.
EQS currently employees 200 individuals.  

What you will see and learn:

NAF’s safety processes are a blend of best practices from Scot Forge and Ellwood. Employee engagement and strong communication are at the core of the facility’s safety success.  NAF is building a culture of safety excellence through regular safety meetings, audits, continuous improvement projects, and extensive training.
The Ellwood Group has an annual health fair for all active employees and their spouse.  This includes many health screens, blood work, and health education.  The Ellwood Group has made safety a priority over the last 10 years.  EGi’s Incident Rates have reduced significantly by implementing EHS Management systems, BBS, Auditing, targeted training, employee involvement, and corporate wide incident software systems.  

Dress Code/Safety Requirements:

  • Long pants
  • Hard soled shoes (no open toe)
  • Hi-Viz vests, hard hats, safety glasses and ear plugs will be provided

Nova Chemical Beaver Valley Plant

NOVA Chemicals is a leading producer of plastics and chemicals that make everyday life easier, healthier and safer. Based in North America, we partner with customers to develop innovative technology and products that add value throughout the supply chain in consumer, industrial and packaging markets around the world.

NOVA Chemicals' Beaver Valley plant, located in Monaca, Pennsylvania, manufactures expandable polystyrene (EPS) resins, and ARCEL® advanced foam resin. This site also houses a Styrenics Technology Center, which contains an applications lab, along with a pilot plant, for testing and customer demonstrations. The Beaver Valley site has the capacity to manufacture about 250 million pounds of plastic resins per year using NOVA Chemicals' proprietary product and process technologies.

**Requires government issued photo id to get into the facility

What you will see and learn:

  • You will learn the site’s history and an overview of programs/systems that describe how this site operates around the clock, safely and responsibly. The systems you will learn include:
    • General safety/PPE
    • Fire protection and emergency response
    • Environmental management
    • Process Safety Management
    • Health and Wellness programs

Dress Code/Safety Requirements

  • The site will provide the appropriate FR protective clothing, hearing protection, eye protection and hard hats for the tour.
  • If you have steel toe shoes please bring (but not required).
  • Closed toed shoes are required with solid backs. NO heels over 1”.