In the midst of uncertainty surrounding workplace safety laws, there was standing room only in the free workshops at The Safety Show in late October. Large crowds attended information sessions held by Safe Work Australia and law firm Norton Rose on harmonisation of the occupational health and safety laws. Among the key messages from the Safe Work Australia session was that the Model Work Health and Safety Act extends protections to all types of workers, not just employees. Attendees were also treated to a preview of the draft model work health and safety regulations and priority model codes of practice. They were then invited to make comments when they are released towards the end of the year. Workshops from The Safety Show’s principal sponsor, WorkCover NSW, offered specialised advice for the building and construction, health and community services, manufacturing, small business, and transport and storage sectors. Visitors from the transport and storage sector were particularly impressed with skilled performances at the national forklift championships held at Sydney Materials Handling, the show dedicated to lift, shift and load that ran concurrently with The Safety Show.
The popularity of the events was matched by the drawing power of more than 300 specialist occupational health and safety exhibitors. Some of the more unusual included Airstar Australia’s portable glare-free balloon lights, the remote-controlled Dugless Conveyor Spillage Cleaning Units capable of recovering 300 tonnes of ore in just 12 hours, and even the automatic thatsmyspot.com.au parking barrier and lock. The Safety Show and Sydney Materials Handling will return to the Sydney Showground from October 25 to 27 next year. In the meantime, there are safety solutions at Safety In Action in Melbourne (April 5-7, 2011) and the Queensland Safety Show (June 21-23, 2011). For more information, visit www.thesafetyshow.com, email email@example.com or phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences Pty Ltd on (03) 9654 7773.