WA Safety Show and Conference bring lifesavers to the West

The first WA Safety Show will feature the full spectrum of lifesaving solutions from asbestos removal and automation safety through to tracking devices for trapped workers and waste management.

Alongside the more gritty rescue and safety measures, corporate wellness services like flu shots, skin checks and even stress-busting programs will take centre stage at the first WA Safety Show from August 12 to 14 in Perth. 

The show will host over 150 exhibitors, including industry heavyweights like BOC, Elliott Australia, JLG Industries, Steel Blue and Toyota Materials Handling. Among them will be IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, supplier of the WATCHERMINE system that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to find workers in the event of a mine collapse.

"WATCHERMINE tracks workers and equipment, cutting the time spent searching for people so the rescue team can concentrate on a plan to get people out," said Hakon Bergene of IDENTEC. "It also stores detailed information about the missing personnel, such as blood type, medical conditions and next of kin that can be vital to the person's treatment and their chances of survival."

Lifesaving technology of a very different kind will be showcased by Molescan Australia, whose mobile scanning service visits workplaces across the country providing skin cancer scans. Molescan's Dr Damien Foong says winter is the perfect time to have your skin given the all clear.

"It's much easier for doctors to accurately detect suspicious moles in winter than in summer," Dr Foong says. "Even normal moles can look abnormal when your skin is tanned, so doctors are more likely to under-diagnose or over-diagnose skin cancers later in the year."

The changing seasons also herald the right time for flu shots. Workplace vaccination programs are becoming increasingly popular as employers attempt to cut the more than 1 million working days lost in Australia each year from influenza.

WA Safety Show exhibitor, Health For Industry, vaccinates around 80 000 to 90 000 Australian workers every year, according to national marketing manager, Michael Raynor.

"The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of illness in healthy working people by 70 to 90 per cent – a 43 per cent reduction in absenteeism," Mr Raynor said.

Organisers expect a crowd of 3000 visitors will attend the WA Safety Show, which will run from August 12 to 14 at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. The concurrently held WA Safety Conference, presented by the Safety Institute of Australia in WA will feature more than 30 Australian and international speakers addressing topics as diverse as workplace wellness and critical incident investigation.