Safety solutions, forklift championship and new fire area at safety show

Organisers of the Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling trade show predict thousands of new safety solutions across three acres, the National Forklift Championships and an entirely new Fire and Security feature area will be the highlights of this year's events.

Organisers of the Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling trade show predict thousands of new safety solutions across three acres, the National Forklift Championships and an entirely new Fire and Security feature area will be the highlights of this year’s events.

The trade show will run from Tuesday March 31 to April 2 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre offering answers to diverse occupational health and safety challenges, including height safety, lifting and loading, logistics, rehabilitation, ergonomics, asbestos management, first aid, electronics, flooring, machine guarding, and even workplace wellness.

In fact, three lucky visitors will win their workplaces Corporate Health and Wellness packages from Prime Health valued at $2500 each, comprising flu vaccinations, skin screening, wellness screening, first aid training and pre-employment medicals.

Others will compete in the National Forklift Championships organised by the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA).

In a test of skill, operators will drive through a negotiated course in alignment with the national load shifting standards for high risk plants. The SCLAA will also present the Yum Cha Café Seminar Series “Servings of Knowledge in Supply Chain” on day two.

“We have created four presentation sessions where you can choose what you want to hear — much like Yum Cha!” said SCLAA Victoria president, Nigel Edwards.

“You are welcome to attend all or as many sessions that catch your interest.”

The sessions include the Green Supply Chain, Mentoring and Recruitment, Business and Technology, and Asia-Pacific Business.

Also new to the trade show will be a fire and security feature area showcasing fire preparedness training, investigation training, fire monitoring systems, closed circuit television (CCTV), intercoms, access control and security systems.

Aside from the fresh events, organiser, Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences, says there will be plenty of new product releases at Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling.

“There are new spillage protector mats from Australian Rubber Matting Products, you can win an iPhone at the 3M stand and check out everything from respirators to welding shields.

“Try the new JSAfe software to manage compliance with ease from B-safe, or even visit the Commercial Health Project stand to see a microscopic view of your own blood using Hemaview technology.”

Visitors can also take part in the interactive program at the Demo Stage.

Among the attractions are a guaranteed solution to back pain, fabric that simply refuses to catch fire, and the ZOLL CPR Challenge — test your skills.

The trade show runs from March 31 to April 2 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Online registration at www.safetyinaction.net.au is free.

The Safety Institute of Australia will present the concurrent Safety In Action Conference sponsored by WorkSafe Victoria and Downer EDI.

The conference will feature local and international speakers including business leader Janet Holmes à Court, Beaconsfield investigator Professor Michael Quinlan, OHS harmonisation panellist Barry Sherriff, and WorkSafe executive director John Merritt.

For more information, visit www.safetyinaction.net.au, email safetyvisitor@aec.net.au, or phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences on 03 9654 7773.