See serious safety in action

Safety above profit is what every single employer and company needs to have emblazoned across their boardrooms, desks, arms, walls, windows, everywhere.

Over three days in March 2013, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre will play host to hundreds of businesses working to keep Australians safe.

Experts from all over the country will converge to talk about the latest technology and know-how at this year’s Safety in Action.

Event director Tony Francis said there is no other show in Australia that is this committed to safety; encompassing seminars, state of the art technology, and the chance to network with people and businesses who are leading the field in safety.

“If you’re looking for answers or to develop a network you can rely on for safety you should definitely register and book into some of the seminars that suit you,” Francis said.

The event will also include members of the SIA National Safety Convention who will be adding a global perspective to health and safety legislation, issues and practices.

This year’s Safety in Action incorporates both product and procedure innovation through live demonstrations, interactive experiences and a series of free seminars, all in the interest of helping make Australia a safer place to work.

Seminar speakers

Running for three days there is a lot to absorb, including a wide range of seminars covering topics such as safety software and conflict management.

There will be a strong line-up of thought-provoking speakers from backgrounds such as the legal profession, academia, risk management, and mining.

Levasque Peterson, who has worked in workplace health and safety for over 15 years and is now a key member at legal firm Lander and Rogers, will be walking delegates through the essential steps for conducting an internal review; while Norton Rose’s Barry Sherriff will be exploring effective techniques within HR strategy in Dealing Effectively with Others in OHS.

When it comes to safety management systems those with a more technical palate shouldn’t miss NCS International environmental practitioner and engineer Ian Ackland who will be discussing the ABCs of Safety Management Systems, and Machine Safety By Design’s Frank Schrever’s talk on Machine Safety – Australian Standards Development and Directions which will focus on the latest updates to the AS 4024.1-2006 and how it will change the future of safety management in Australia.

Murphy’s law is a good ethos to remember when tackling safety, because no matter what processes or equipment are implemented if it can go wrong it will, so having a disaster or worse case scenario plan is a must.

Melbourne based lawyer Melissa Kirby from Sharpe and Abel calls on her legal experience to discuss the stressful situation of disaster management. In her talk What to do When Disaster Hits: When Safety Products Fail, Kirby will go through real-life case studies and practical steps to manage both difficult and dangerous situations in the best possible way.

Learning from experience is one of the best things you can do when formulating a safer work environment, workplace disaster survivor himself, James Wood will be on hand to tell his first-hand account of his experience with workplace accidents in his talk Choices.

With mobile technology and busy lives keeping employees focused can prove to be a difficult task, human error prevention specialist Cristian Sylvestre from SafeStart has constructed some practical strategies to keep peoples’ minds on the job.

For more Safety in Action information, visit the website.

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