The 10,000 or more visitors expected to return to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre for Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling next March will see plenty of fresh OHS exhibitors and an entirely new fire and security feature area. The new feature area will host suppliers of fire preparedness training, investigation training, fire monitoring systems, closed circuit television (CCTV), intercoms, access control and security systems.
Fire and security complements the OHS and materials handling focus of Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling, according to former fire officer and first-time exhibitor, Trevor Pillinger of Salamander Fire Australia.
“The OHS Act stipulates that employers take reasonable steps to make their workplaces safe and that goes beyond everyday operations to include getting them out in an emergency,” Pillinger said.
“OHS professionals and facility managers alike need to be aware of what’s required under Australian Standard AS3745 and be able to access the expertise to develop a proper emergency plan.”
Fire safety and flash protection will also be highlighted by textile wholesaler and developer Westex, which will have its Indura Ultrasoft fire retardant fabrics on show. The fabrics are designed to protect welders, electricians and other workers exposed to heat and flames.
The new fire and security feature area continues the expansion of Australia’s longest running workplace safety event, which last year spawned Melbourne Materials Handling, a show dedicated to lift, shift and load. Exhibitors never seen before at the two events will showcase robotics, spill control, logistics software, personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing, height safety, storage, training, vacuum lifters, hoists and even blood screening services.
In fact, visitors to the Commercial Health Project stand will be able to see a microscopic view of their own blood using Hemaview technology or enjoy a free head, shoulders and neck massage.
“Hemaview allows us to investigate the size, shape and ratio of red and white blood cells and platelets in your blood,” said Commercial Health Project’s Claudia Bernardi. “Live blood analysis provides an accurate and immediate indication of the state of your general health”.
“Checking the health of employees is the first step in a wellness program that lifts the productivity of workplaces, particularly as the country’s workforce becomes older and more overweight.”
At the other end of the spectrum but still focussed on lifting productivity, Melbourne Materials Handling exhibitor Specialised Stage Engineering will show off its Prolyft chain hoists. The 250 to 2000kg capacity hoists are backed by a lifetime warranty rather than the industry standard of 10 years. Each Prolyft hoist is equipped with an identifying RFID tag that is linked to a full maintenance history, complete with certification details, load testing and service records on the Specialised Stage Engineering web site.