Complacency no more! It’s time to drive change in Workplace Safety

Complacency no more! It’s time to drive change in Workplace Safety.

Safety in Action – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, 15-17 September 2015

Complacency is one of the most common issues in workplace safety, and the penalty can be fatal. Hundreds of Australian workers are killed each year on the job, and thousands more are injured. A national industry event in Melbourne in September will explore ways to drive change and make Australian workplaces safer.

Safety in Action is Australia’s largest conference and exhibition on workplace safety, and will hear from leading authorities in health, research and industry on ’Putting safety systems to action to drive change’ – the focus of this year’s event.

Hosted from 15-17 September at the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, the event will feature a free seminar program including presentations from the National Safety Council of Australia’s Ennio Bianchi, beyondblue’s Nick Arvanitis and Dr Paula Mitchell from Fatigue Management International.

“We are expecting over 4,000 people to attend the exhibition, and a high number of those to participate in the free seminar sessions over the course of the three days. These will feature a range of topics including, how to combat mental health in the workplace, managing fatigue, and improving safety systems,” said Josko Kazija, Event Director of Safety in Action from Informa, the event organisers.

The seminar series will include the newly launched for 2015 ‘Innovation Hour’, showcasing the latest in safety products. Two recent inventions that will be featured are Ferno’s HighStep Lift – a ladder free method to access buildings and other tall structures safely – and ASPAC’s Athena range of bi-levelling scissor lifts, which enable workers to traverse heights and tackle rough terrain with greater safety and ease.

More than 200 exhibitors are taking part including: BOC, SAI Global, Myosh, ASPAC, Crane Systems Australia, Grifco, Hammertech Technologies, Inbody Australia, IOAC Optical, IXOM and Corporate Chair Systems. A full list of exhibitors can be found here.

Attendance at Safety in Action Melbourne is free and open to any business and professional with a safety interest. You can register your place at the event online.

Co-located is the Safety Institute of Australia’s National Safety Convention. This two day conference comprising over 70 sessions will feature global and Australian safety leaders who will address “safety differently.” International Speakers include former International Space Station Risk Manager Michael Lutomski, CEO of SAFEMap Corrie Pitzer, Rosa Carrillo, and Professor Sidney Dekker. The Australian regulatory environment will be covered by the CEOs of Comcare, and Worksafe Victoria, and Director of FWBC Nigel Hadgkiss.

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What: Safety in Action Melbourne

Three-day Exhibition and Seminar

Where: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria.

When: Tuesday 15 September 2015 10am – 4pm; Wednesday 16 September 2015 10am – 4pm; Thursday 17 September 2015 10am – 4pm

Event organiser: Informa Australia


Media info: Michelle Larmer and Janete Sampaio – Double Edge PR
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Free Seminars within the Safety in Action Exhibition include:
 Safety and Leadership – Don’t Become Complacent – Ennio Bianchi, National Safety Council of Australia
 The Heads Up Initiative – Creating More Mentally Healthy Workplaces – Nick Arvanitis, beyondblue  Complexities of Fatigue Risk Management – Dr Paula Mitchell, Fatigue Management International
 Workplace Wellness – It’s Good for Business – Sally Kirkright, AccessEAP
 Using Software & Mobile Apps for Workplace Safety Management – Adrian Manessis, MyOSH  Using Technology in a Crisis – Collaboration, coordination, communication – Grant Chisnall, Dynamiq  On Bended Knee: Reducing Workplace Knee Injuries in Ship Building – John Whale, BAE Systems  Hazardous Chemicals Storage and Handling – Jeremy Trotman, JTA Health, Safety, Noise  Occupational disease – Have we lost our focus on the ‘H’ in OHS? – Kristy Thornton, Thiess  Targeting driver behaviour to reduce work-related accidents – Stewart O’Brien, Mix Telematics  Creating good work through effective design – Leone Leyshon, Safe Work Australia
 Mindful Safety Leadership – the use of a successful diagnostic tool – Marc McLaren, Generative HSE
 Regulation and Culture Change – John Fell, Advanced Safety Systems Australia (ASSA).

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