Some of the most challenging fields in occupational health and safety will be featured at Australia's largest workplace safety event, The Safety Show Sydney, when it is held at the Sydney Showground from October 17 – 19 this year.
Four feature areas encompassing height safety, building, electrical and machine safety will throw the spotlight on specialist solutions for some of industry's most common safety issues in the light of new standards and requirements, says Australian Exhibitions and Conferences .
The field of electrical safety has undergone change, with the gazetting of NSW's Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Electrical Equipment) Regulation 2006 in April. Production line safety will also change in the wake of the July release of the revised machine and plant safety standard, AS4024. Finally, NSW's construction industry enters a new era in September with the phase out of the ubiquitous "Green Card" in favour of the Construction Induction Certificate.
The Safety Show Sydney's organiser, Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences, said research showed that such changes were one of the reasons why industry flocked to the show, which last year drew 10,371 visits.
"The changes we're seeing in these feature areas alone show just how tricky it is for OHS professionals – in fact, anyone responsible for the safety and wellbeing of others at work - to stay up to date with the latest developments but we all know that the law mandates that you do," she said, "and visitors say that coming to The Safety Show is the easiest way to do that."
"In a day, you can meet with hundreds of safety specialists under one roof for advice on what's involved in compliance and to provide the solutions. You couldn't achieve that any other way so efficiently and no amount of surfing the internet compares with seeing things first hand for yourself."
More than 350 safety suppliers will present thousands of products and services, including materials handling, vehicle safety, and automation safety products, plus training, management, first aid and workplace wellness services. Recognising the education benefits of attending the show, the Office of Fair Trading NSW will award licensed home builders visiting The Safety Show five CPD (continuing professional development) points.
Occupational health and safety authority, WorkCover NSW, has also thrown its weight behind The Safety Show, becoming principal sponsor and celebrating best practice occupational health and safety at the WorkCover NSW Safe Work Awards. It will also run free daily workshops for small business explaining how WorkCover can assist and the changes to workers compensation, together with OHS advice.
The Safety Show and Conference will run from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 October at The Dome, Hall 2 and Southee Complex respectively at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.