With uncertainty surrounding workplace safety laws, large crowds flocked to information
sessions at the Safety Show in Sydney earlier this year.
There was standing room only at the free workshops held by Safe Work Australia and law firm Norton Rose on harmonisation of the occupational health and safety laws. Among the key messages from the Safe Work Australia session was that the Model Work Health and Safety Act extends protections to all types of workers, not just employees.
Attendees were also treated to a preview of the draft model work health and safety regulations and priority model codes of practice and invited to make comment when they are released towards the end of the year.
Workshops from The Safety Show’s principal sponsor, WorkCover NSW, offered specialised advice for the building and construction, health and community services,
manufacturing, small business, and transport and storage sectors.
Visitors from the transport and storage sector were particularly impressed with skilled performances at the national forklift championships held at Sydney Materials Handling, the show dedicated to lift, shift and load that ran concurrently with The Safety Show.
The 2009 male champion, Mark Gray from Woolworths, successfully defended his title
and another Woolworths employee, Pamela Windsor, was crowned champion female.
The action was not limited to the championship contenders.
Visitors to The Safety Show and Sydney Materials Handling with valid forklift licence
competed for prizes in a ten-pin bowling novelty event.
The popularity of the events was matched by the drawing power of more than 300
specialist occupational health and safety exhibitors.
Some of the more unusual included Airstar Australia’s portable glare-free balloon lights,
the remote-controlled Dugless Conveyor Spillage Cleaning Units capable of recovering
300 tonnes of ore in just 12 hours, and even the automatic thatsmyspot.com.au parking barrier and lock.
The Safety Show and Sydney Materials Handling will return to the Sydney Showground
at Homebush from October 25 to 27 next year.
Safety In Action will be held in Melbourne from April 5 to 7 next year and the Queensland Safety Show will be held from June 21 to 23 next year.