The celebratory tenth Safety In Action trade show and conference presented by Australian Exhibitions and Conferences drew big crowds and offered a host of new attractions for visitors.
Over its three days in March, 891 conference delegates heard from a list of high profile speakers that included Dr Barry Jones and celebrity chef Tobie Puttock.
Meanwhile, 10,501 visitors from 17 countries, including New Zealand, the USA, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Hungary and Canada flocked to the Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling Shows.
Three hundred exhibitors – 66 of them exhibiting at Safety In Action for the first time - brought together Australia's most comprehensive range of workplace safety products and services.
Specialist tours guided visitors through the 12,000 square metre trade shows to examine developments in workplace wellness, spill control, machine guarding, height safety, forklift safety, and bulk handling.
Hosted by the Victorian division of the Safety Institute of Australia and sponsored by WorkSafe Victoria, the conference and concurrent trade shows continue to enjoy support from industry, the profession and the regulator, says organiser, Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences.
"Safety In Action is such a strong show because it's evolving all the time and there's always something new to make it worthwhile for visitors to come back every year," Ms Kinsella said.
"There aren't too many shows of this maturity that can say 22 per cent of the exhibitors are new and have whole new sections, like the workplace wellness feature, emerging."
In 2008, Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling will be held from April 29 to May 1 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
In the meantime, the second Queensland Safety Show will run from June 19 to 21 this year at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre and the Safety Show Sydney is from October 24 to 26 at the Sydney Showground.