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Safety know-how at Queensland Safety Conference and Show

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A host of workshops at the Queensland Safety Show and Queensland Materials Handling, together with expert addresses at the Queensland Safety Conference will equip visitors with the know-how to make workplaces safe.

To be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 19 to 21, the three concurrently held workplace safety events draw together an impressive list of expert speakers and industry partners that includes Work Cover Queensland, the Master Plumbers' Association of Queensland, the Electrical and Communications Association and Commerce Queensland.

Each industry partner will offer free workshops for trade show visitors, with Work Cover Queensland explaining how employers can meet their obligations and the Master Plumbers' Association providing a vital update on workplace health and safety legislation affecting the construction industry.

The Queensland Safety Conference and the two trade shows are sponsored by the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and presented by the Queensland and Northern Territory division of the Safety Institute of Australia.

The Conference opens with addresses from director-general of the Queensland Department of Industrial Relations, Peter Henneken, and WHSQ general manager Judy Bertram discussing the implications of national harmonisation for workplace safety in Queensland.
The law will continue to feature when Freehills lawyers Harold Downes and Geraldine Dann examine the implications of recent convictions of executives and the first suspended custodial sentence under Queensland's Workplace Health and Safety Act.

Law enforcement brings its own safety challenges and Inspector Bernie Althofer of the Queensland Police Service will expose the undiscussable sacred cows, taboos and unwritten ground rules that undermine safety.

Australia's high profile safety brand, Qantas, will also come under the spotlight when consultant Brett Wood exposes the threat to the airline's unblemished record and the steps taken to overcome emerging risks.

The three-day Conference program encompasses workplace wellness, practical safety management solutions, leadership, creating easy to use health, safety and environment models, and national harmonisation.

The result, says organiser Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions and Conferences, is a well-rounded safety update for visitors.

It can be seen nearly two acres of safety resources at the Queensland Safety Show and Queensland Materials Handling, pick up the new industry developments at an association workshop and learn how to implement ideal practice safety programs from the field's ideal thinkers at the Conference. It is a blend of safety resources and know-how.

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