Workplace safety event, Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling, was alive with demonstrations, seminars and scores of new products from more than 350 exhibitors.
Hundreds of visitors lined up to hear experts from Safe Work Australia and Norton Rose lawyers, Barry Sherriff and Michael Tooma, discuss the new Work Health and Safety Act.
Tooma said the popularity of the seminars was understandable.
"We are entering a new era in OHS that will change the approach to workplace safety," he said. "Both OHS practitioners and managers recognised the need to participate in sessions to make sure they're prepared for the changes."
The practical emphasis of the seminars was matched by the thousands of products and solutions on offer from Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling exhibitors. The two dedicated workplace safety shows drew a crowd that exhibitors said was ready to invest in OHS.
Among them was a New Inventors winner, Glenn Roche, whose Roche Wrappa allows users to wheel a roll of plastic wrap up to a load and then round and round the pallet while dispensing the plastic film.
“Demonstrating the Roche Wrapper at Melbourne Materials Handling, I blocked the aisles with visitors keen to have a look at just how easy it can be to wrap a pallet without expensive powered machinery. There were more than enough inquiries and I began sending out invoices straight after the show. I’ve taken the Roche Wrapper to three trade shows and Melbourne Materials Handling was by far the best because it attracted all the right people. Everyone from business owners through to the people on the floor who wrap pallets stopped to have a look.”
Organiser Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences said Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling had responded well to the returning confidence of Australian industry.
"While Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling seem to always draw large crowds, even during tough economic conditions, the feedback from exhibitors is that this year, visitors have been particularly ready to purchase."
Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling will return to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from April 5 to 7 in 2011. In the meantime, the WA Safety Show will run from August 24 to 26 and The Safety Show Sydney will be on from October 26 to 28.