The Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling Exhibition drew a multitude of visitors to Victoria last week with three acres of workplace safety solutions on display. Products and services designed to deal with challenges as diverse as asbestos, fire-fighting, warehouse storage and cholesterol were on show at Victoria's largest dedicated OHS event.
Among the new workplace safety solutions and products released at the Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling Exhibition was dock automation software, Dockbrain, from Leda Security that enables logistics centres to book and manage trucks similar to airport traffic control. If the truck and door is fitted with RFID, Dockbrain permits trucks entry within the specified visiting window and only at the nominated door to alleviate queuing. For enhanced OHS, Dockbrain can manage opening and closing of equipment in sequence.
“The interest from Melbourne Materials Handling visitors in Dockbrain was huge,” said Leda Security’s Tom Rozsa. “Many commented that they hadn’t been aware we’ve extended our capabilities in this way, so the show was the right platform for the launch and to get the message across that Leda Security offers dock levellers, high speed doors, insulated doors and the automation that coordinates all the equipment to make it work.”
A series of seminars were also available for visitors eager to understand the new workplace health and safety laws due to commence January 1 next year. An estimated 1700 visitors attended the first day’s seminar, which was run by architect of the new laws, Barry Sherriff; the body overseeing their introduction, Safe Work Australia's Julia Collins; and the Australian Industry Group's Carol Bullivant.
"Ai Group participated in Safety in Action in 2011 as a key presenter at the National OHS Harmonisation Seminars and as an exhibitor and found this a positive experience in being able to interact with many members and business people across the three days of the show," Ms Bullivant says."It was also an opportunity to continue our ongoing discussions with business and industry on the new Work Health and Safety laws, which are coming into operation in 2012."
Show organiser, Mari Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences stated; "The new laws are only months away now and experts like Barry Sherriff are warning that time is running out to implement new protocols.”
"Understandably, show visitors want to find the total solution to their safety challenges – the products and services that make workplaces safe, together with an understanding of what needs to be done. While Safety In Action exhibitors have always been on hand to offer their expertise, this is the first year we've run such a formal program that allows them to share their knowledge so effectively. Of all the states, none faces bigger changes under the new laws than Queensland and we think the seminars will be equally as useful to visitors to the Queensland Safety Show."
Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling return to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre next from April 17 to 19 2012. In the meantime, the myosh-sponsored Queensland Safety Show, co-located with the Queensland Materials Handling and Queensland Manufacturing Show will be held from June 21 to 23 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. For more information, visit qldsafetyshow.com.au, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences .