Technical Tours

Technical tours give conference attendees the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” and look at OEHS issues in the daily operation of a facility or program. These tours are led by an industrial hygienist or other safety professional. Additional fees are required when registering for a Technical Tour; space is limited and these fill up fast!

Each tour has specific requirements for registration and/or participation during the tour. Please review each before registering to ensure compliance. Fees for tours will not be refunded if registrant does not meet registration or participation requirements.

This year, we are offering the following Technical Tours:

GM Baltimore Ops Plant TourGeneral Motors Baltimore Operations (TT-01)

Tuesday, May 24
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Estimated length: 1 hour on site with 15-20 minutes Q/A (not including travel time)

The General Motors Baltimore Operation is a highly green and environmentally friendly plant. We continue to be land fill free and recycle 90% of our waste, with the rest going to waste energy. The campus is powered in part by a 1.23 megawatt rooftop solar array, generating about 9 percent of our annual energy consumption. Also, a certified Wildlife Habitat resides on plant property promoting Maryland native flora and fauna. More info.

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics LaboratoryJohns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (TT-02)

Tuesday, May 24
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Estimated length: 2 hours (not including travel time)

APL solves complex research, engineering and analytical problems in diverse programs that focus on protecting our homeland and advancing the nation’s vision in research and space science. This tour provides a look at the Space Department operations related to satellite production and evaluation, including vibration and thermal testing areas. In addition, the visit will include a tour of the Biomechanics Test Facility which conducts testing to determine the human body’s injury mechanisms and tolerances under hazardous conditions, and a tour of the Composite Materials Lab which develops and fabricates products using advanced polymeric composite materials and adhesives. Participants will learn about health and safety efforts and unique industrial hygiene challenges throughout these areas of the laboratory. More info.

Northrup Grumman Mission SystemsNorthrop Grumman Mission Systems BWI Campus (TT-03)

Wednesday, May 25
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Estimated Length: 2-2.5 hours (not including travel time)

Headquartered in Linthicum, Md., near Baltimore, Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Mission Systems sector is a leading global provider, manufacturer, and integrator of advanced, secure, and agile software-defined systems and solutions. The company’s differentiated C4ISR and cyber solutions deliver timely, mission-enabling information and provide superior situational awareness and understanding to protect the U.S. and its global allies. The walking tour will focus on the engineering, manufacturing, assembly, and testing of a variety of military radar systems, including microelectronics and robotic assembly areas, metal finishing operations, plating, an environmental test laboratory, and test-bed aircraft hangar. The tour will conclude with a question and answer session led by the company’s Industrial Hygiene staff. More info.

US Coast Guard Yard BaltimoreUnited States Coast Guard Yard (TT-04)

Thursday, May 26
9:00 AM – Noon
Estimated Length: 2-2.5 hours on site (not including travel time)

The tour will start with a presentation of the history of the Coast Guard Yard. The tour will include a visit to an engine shop, a walk of the waterfront to the shipways, synchro-lift dry dock, structural shop and paint complex, electrical shop and mechanical shops. The tour may be cancelled in the event of a change in operational/mission status. More info.

biocontanimation protective gearJohns Hopkins Hospital Bio-Containment Unit (TT-05)

Wednesday, May 25
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Estimated Length: 2 hours onsite (not including travel time)

Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Johns Hopkins Hospital began designing a nursing unit specifically designed to treat Ebola patients. Construction was completed in Spring of 2015, and in June 2015, Johns Hopkins was named one of nine regional treatment centers for Ebola and other special pathogens. More info.

Domino Sugar Baltimore Refinery (TT-06)

This tour has been canceled.