Queensland Safety Show turns practical in June

The Queensland Safety Show will return to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from June 21 to 23 in 2011.

The three day show will see over 200 companies on show and is expected to pull in over 5,000 trade visitors and industry professionals.

According to show organiser, Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences, the event provides a space where people go to find out what they need to do to comply with safety obligations and where to find the right products and services to put that knowledge into action.

The show will feature product and services, including alcohol and drug testing, breathing apparatus and corporate health right through to vehicle safety.

The Queensland Safety Show will also provide free manufacturing and workplace safety seminars.

Experts including representatives of Safe Work Australia, Norton Rose law firm, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Enterprise Connect will explain how to attract funding, what to expect from new WHS laws, how to meet obligations manageably and within budget.

Speaking ahead of his Queensland Safety Show seminar, Norton Rose partner, Aaron Anderson says it is essential workplaces begin preparing for new workplace safety laws immediately.

"No matter who you are, it will be almost impossible to escape responsibility for workplace safety when the national model Work Health and Safety Act is adopted by Australian states at the end of this year," said Anderson in a statement.

Significant changes in all jurisdictions will include:
• Moving from employment as basis for duties, obligations and rights
• New positive duty of care for officers, with due diligence defined
• Broadened consultation obligations – vertical and horizontal
• Broadened union right of entry
• Greater protection against discrimination and coercion
• Emphasis on graduated enforcement but higher penalties
• Easier modification of notices
• Changes to powers of questioning and reduced rights of individuals

New to Queensland will be the power of health and safety representatives to issue PINs and direct a work stoppage.

The Queensland Safety Show and Materials Handling Show is co-located Queensland Manufacturing Show run from June 21 to 23, 2011, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

For more information, visit qldsafetyshow.com.au.

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