Western Australia's employers turned out in force to learn about new legislation and uncover solutions to workplace safety challenges at the WA Safety Show last week organised by Australian Exhibitions & Conferences .
The state's largest workplace safety trade show, the exhibition hosted 150 safety and materials handling suppliers and ran concurrently with the WA Safety Conference.
Automation safety, cold storage, road safety, vibration and ventilation were among the primary attractions for visitors.
Alongside the products and services on display were workshops run by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) and the Norton Rose law firm regarding the new work health and safety legislation due to come into effect in January 2012.
The workshops attracted significant participation from employers keen to assess their new obligations.
Exhibitors say that these employers took the search for workplace safety solutions very seriously.
Adrian Manessis of safety management and compliance software supplier, myosh says his company was very impressed by the number of decision makers visiting his WA Safety Show stand.
"The volume of visitors who were exactly our target market – influencers and key decision makers like senior OHS and human resources managers – was excellent," he says.
Early analysis of visitor statistics shows Western Australia's largest employers were well represented, accounting for 52 per cent of show-goers.
"I've been to some shows where people just came for a day out of the office and to collect freebies but the WA Safety Show wasn't like that," Mr Manessis says.
"We reached a lot of potential clients we wouldn't find any other way. It also provided enormous networking opportunities with existing clients that we deal with over the phone but rarely see face to face."
Equally pleased was first-time exhibitor, Stephen McPherson of Alegra Safety. The boutique consultancy offered visitors the chance to win MP3 players and three free hours of consultancy time.
"We gave away 2800 show bags in three days and gathered 480 sales leads," he says. "I have a dozen business cards from people who want me to call them this week. The WA Safety Show won't be our last and we are already planning to exhibit at Safety in Action in Melbourne or The Safety Show Sydney next year."
The WA Safety Show will return in 2012, while its Sydney counterpart, The Safety Show will run from October 26 to 28 this year.