The Safety Show organised by Australian Exhibitions & Conferences and held recently at the Sydney Showground attracted large crowds with standing room only at the free workshops on workplace safety laws.
Information sessions held by Safe Work Australia and law firm Norton Rose on the harmonisation of the occupational health and safety (OH&S) laws addressed key issues including the Model Work Health and Safety Act that extends protection to all types of workers.
Attendees were also introduced to the draft model work health and safety regulations as well as priority model codes of practice.
Workshops from The Safety Show's principal sponsor, WorkCover NSW offered specialised advice for the building and construction, health and community services, manufacturing, small business as well as transport and storage sectors.
Skilled performances at the National Forklift Championships held at the Sydney Materials Handling show that ran concurrently with The Safety Show attracted the attention of visitors.
Visitors to The Safety Show and Sydney Materials Handling holding valid forklift licences competed for prizes in a ten-pin bowling novelty event.
The popularity of the events was matched by the drawing power of more than 300 specialist occupational health and safety exhibitors.
Some of the more unusual exhibits included Airstar Australia's portable glare-free balloon lights, remote-controlled Dugless conveyor spillage cleaning units capable of recovering 300 tonnes of ore in just 12 hours and the automatic thatsmyspot.com.au parking barrier and lock.
The Safety Show and Sydney Materials Handling will return to the Sydney Showground in October next year. Key safety exhibitions being held in 2011 also include Safety In Action in Melbourne from April 5 to 7 and the Queensland Safety Show from June 21 to 23.