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Spotlight on safety at NMW 2013

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The National Manufacturing Week 2013 will bring together more than 300 leading manufacturers, distributors and suppliers at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in May.

This year’s NMW will have a strong safety focus, in part because of increased scrutiny on OH&S issues following the Federal Government’s recently-launched Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022.

Co-located with Austech, National Manufacturing Week (NMW) is Australia’s leading integrated industry event.

Paul Baker, Exhibition Director of NMW 2013 explains that a safe, healthy workplace is both a responsibility and an opportunity for businesses to boost longer-term productivity. However, the spotlight is currently trained on OH&S, following the release of the Federal Government’s Health & Safety Strategy 2012-2022, which aims at reducing worker fatalities due to injury by at least 20% by 2022, as well as reducing the incidence of injury.

Since the Strategy document names ‘manufacturing’ as a priority area for action, NMW 2013 will showcase a significant number of products and services that target workplace safety directly, or that have ‘safety’ as a key feature of operations.

NMW’s dedicated Health and Safety Product Zone will for instance, feature solutions that directly target worker health such as workplace safety training and protective gear.

According to Baker, a large number of exhibitors are bringing products that feature improved safety such as welding equipment featuring automatic collision detection, chemical-free industrial cleaning that removes harmful solvents from the cleaning process, and precision clamping that reduces the risk of accidents by holding jobs firmly in place.

Beyond the new products and services, NMW also provides stakeholders in the manufacturing industry a great opportunity to network and learn new ideas. The 2011 NMW event held in Melbourne attracted more than 10,000 industry professionals with the 2013 edition expected to have a similarly strong attendance.

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