Big crowds are expected to flock to The Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling trade shows which opened at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre yesterday.
More than 300 exhibitors across three acres will offer workplace safety products and services to expected crowds of around 10,000 visitors over the shows' three days from Tuesday to Thursday this week.
Together, the shows are Victoria's largest dedicated OHS event and organisers say it owes its popularity to the breadth of products and services on show. This year, however, a greater emphasis will be placed on the advice to match with a series of free harmonisation seminars open to attendees.
"The harmonisation of OHS laws has certainly brought renewed attention to compliance issues," says organiser, Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences, "but visitors tell us they come with specific OHS challenges in mind because they know Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling has practically every solution on offer under one roof."
One of the life-saving devices to be showcased at Safety In Action is described as the world's first pocket defibrillator by Staying Alive Paramedical Services. The small device makes defibrillation a reality for outdoor workers, while the larger FRED EasyOnline is monitored over the internet for enhanced safety and reliability.
Safety In Action's major corporate sponsor, myosh, will showcase new modules and a feature that allows outsiders like contractors to participate in safety programs.
Safety and induction training video package production house Digicast Productions is running its popular 30-minute seminar Seven Communication Tips for Workplace Safety Managers” at Safety in Action.
In addition, seminars by Safe Work Australia, the Norton Rose law firm and five Harmonisation Master Classes have been confirmed for Safety In Action.
The Australian Industry Group will discuss the new regulations, while other exhibitors examine four draft Codes of Practice.
Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling run concurrently with CleanScene at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from Tuesday to Thursday this week.