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Kent McElhattan Elected Chairman of the National Safety Council


Kent McElhattan

Pittsburgh, PA – Industrial Scientific Corp. is pleased to announce that Kent McElhattan, Chairman and Co-Founder, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Safety Council. McElhattan succeeds Joseph J. Ucciferro who served as Chairman for three years.

McElhattan was elected to the Council’s Board of Directors in 2007, serving on the finance and audit committees, as well as the strategic planning committee. He most recently served as Chair of the Trustees.

“Due in large part to the commitment and tenacity of the National Safety Council, our world is a much safer place today than it was 100 years ago, or even 25 years ago,” said McElhattan. “But we still have an enormous amount of work to do. I am delighted and humbled to have a leadership position within such a great national organization. I look forward to working with our President and CEO, Janet Froetscher, and her team.”

McElhattan served as President and CEO of Industrial Scientific from 1985 to 2010. Under his leadership, the company grew to become the market leader in gas detection for safety purposes with operations in 17 countries. 

The National Safety Council was founded in 1913 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953. The Council is a non-profit, international public service organization committed to preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy. The Council is executing on a strategy that will save an additional 10,000 lives and prevent 1 million injuries by 2014.

“I am committed and passionate about the Mission of the National Safety Council. Their work correlates exactly with that of Industrial Scientific, which is simply to eradicate accidental injury and death from the human experience – period,” said McElhattan.

McElhattan was awarded a doctorate in science, honoris causa from Clarion University, Clarion, Pa., and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, W.Va. He serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the Beard Center of Leadership & Ethics, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa. Among other affiliations, he is a director and past finance chair of the Boy Scouts of America Greater Pittsburgh Council and holds membership in the Society of Mining Engineers.

About Industrial Scientific Corporation:

Industrial Scientific Corporation is the world’s leading provider of Gas Detection as a Service. With more than 850 people working in 15 countries, Industrial Scientific is dedicated to eliminating death in the workplace by the end of this century. Achieving this goal requires dedication to delivering highest quality and best customer service in all transactions. Industrial Scientific also focuses on providing analysis of data from equipment use and maintenance to identify problems before they happen. Industrial Scientific has operations based in Pittsburgh (USA), Arras (France), Dortmund (Germany) and Shanghai (China). The company provides technical services to customers from local service centers around the world, and has additional offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Dubai, India, Mexico, Qatar, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.indsci.com.


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