The solutions for the diverse risks – from electrocution through to skin cancer – that make the construction industry one of Australia's most dangerous will be at the Safety In Action trade show in Melbourne from April 20 to 22.
The Master Builders Association will be at the show to offer guidance to members, alongside more than 300 specialist safety suppliers.
Asked to highlight some of the products on show for the construction industry, organiser Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences began with Proxyvolt. Designed and made in Australia, Proxyvolt senses the proximity of alternating current power lines and gives both visual and audible warnings if power lines in the chosen range are detected. Because Proxyvolt is an electrostatic voltage rather than magnetic sensor, it works whether there is current flow in the power line or not.
An aptly named exhibitor, Construction Supply Specialists, deals with overhead risks of a very different kind. Its Safety Boot railing system allows temporary handrails that conform to the Australian Standard 1647 to be made from timber already on site. The company will also release a new fabric strapping at Safety In Action that is stronger than steel, a fraction of the weight and avoids the risk of injury associated with steel strapping, which springs when cut.
Eye protection will be easier to manage with a clever product from OPTX Australasia. The small, half-moon shaped OPTX • 20/20 HydroTac Stick-On Magnifying Lenses made of ultra-thin pliable plastic provide instant magnification to any glasses. The lenses adhere to the inside of the glasses, are re-useable and are an inexpensive alternative to prescription reading glasses. OPTX • 20/20 lenses are ANSI Z87.1 2003 compliant, making them ideal for workplace use.
Nor will eye protection be compromised by dust protection with Microclene Australia's Dust Bee Gone nuisance dust mask. Based on the design of surgical masks for all-day comfort, the washable Dust Bee Gone masks last up to five years and are guaranteed not to fog glasses. The mask is effective for filtering particles down to 3 microns, which includes wood and concrete dust.
In another push for comfort and safety, Newcastle Hats has developed a hat suitable for wear with ear muffs so workers can be protected from both sun and noise.
When it does get too hot, Elliott Australia has the perfect tonic. PureSport is a great tasting premium rehydration drink with protein, electrolytes, antioxidants and natural sugars. Developed for the US swim team ahead of the Beijing Olympics, PureSport's combination of simple and complex carbohydrates deliver instant and sustained energy, together with protein to support muscles and as "slow burn" fuel. Visitors at Safety In Action can put the four PureSport flavours to a free taste test.
When it comes to making sure work and the public are separated, City Wide Temporary Fences is one of the leaders in the field. With over 80 km of fencing already on hire, City Wide will have another 10 km of fencing available by about the time Safety In Action is held in April. In fact, the show will be the launch-pad for City Wide's temporary fence panel sales as an alternative to hiring.
Noel Arnold & Associates will offer a solution to the management of construction safety systems. Cm3, an online contractor OHS prequalification system used by some of Australia's largest corporations to pre-qualify and select contractors enables the online assessment of contractors based on the OHS risk level of the activities they undertake. Cm3 requires contractors to demonstrate they have “living and breathing” OHS systems, while monitoring contractor compliance documents including public liability insurance, workers compensation and trade licences.
Visit the whole range of construction safety solutions from hundreds of exhibitors during Safety In Action, which runs concurrently with Melbourne Materials Handling from April 20 – 22 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.