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Darwin’s first-ever Safety Show

The latest workplace safety issues and solutions will go under the spotlight when Safety in Action hits Darwin for the very first time on 19 and 20 March, 2014.

Taking place at Darwin Convention Centre, the free jam-packed event will see more than 100 of the safety sector’s top movers and shakers provide their solutions, services and insights to the Northern Territory market.

Presented by The Safety Institute of Australia, the event is geared towards helping workplaces achieve real and measurable OHS results through providing vital information on topics relevant to all industries including mining, construction, engineering and many more.

Safety in Action Darwin will hold a range of exhibits and safety-centric seminars, providing attendees with an informative stream of inspiration and insights to aid compliance with OHS regulations.

Director of Safety in Action Australia-wide, Tony Francis, says he is thrilled to be kicking off this year’s Safety in Action series in the Top End, following hugely successful events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in 2013.

“We are very excited to be taking Safety in Action to Darwin for the very first time and have no doubt that anyone involved in business will find immense value in the free to attend program we’re offering,” he says.

“We have worked hard to deliver experts and seminars that will not only illuminate the most important OHS issues at play at the moment, but also provide practical and implementable solutions for reducing risk and ensuring regulatory compliance.”

“Darwin is currently booming economically, and there has already been immense interest from companies wanting to attend and be part of the show. As someone involved in business myself, I certainly wouldn’t want to miss out!”

Safety in Action Darwin will feature five daily presentations and a panel discussion covering a broad array of safety-related topics – from culture, common sense and consequences of safety in the workplace to hydration and risk assessment.

The free-to-attend program will open on March 19, with myosh Business Development Manager Adrian Manessis running a seminar on The Benefits and Risks Associated with Safety Software. Manessis will explain the fundamentals of safety management software, highlighting the benefits and pitfalls of respective programs and how businesses can utilise software within their own organisations and broader regulatory frameworks.

Following Manessis will be a panel discussion about Workplace Safety: Culture, Common Sense and Consequences.  Chaired by Health by Design Director Greg McLoughlin, the interactive session will offer up an array of insights from some of the leading minds in legal, procedural and insurance practice.

Another highlight on March 19 will be Hydration in the Workplace, featuring former Olympic athlete, World Cup Champion and current Thorzt Electrolyte Business Development Manager David Rhodes. Together with Rhodes, Darren Cook from Paramount Safety Products will discuss the effects of dehydration, heat stress and fatigue on personal injury risk in the workplace.

Also holding seminars on March 19 will be Cristian Sylvestre (SafeStart), who will explore strategies to keep workers focused on the task at hand in Keeping Peoples’ Mind on the Job, and Joseph Rees (Ausco Modular), who will provide information on how to to confidently address electrical situations in the workplace without fearing the unknown.

The hot-topic of drugs and alcohol will be in focus when the Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace panel discussion takes place on March 20. Featuring four thought-leaders from various industries across Australia, the panel will shed light on the complexities surrounding the controversial issue of drug and alcohol testing in the workplace – from which tests are appropriate to legal questions, case studies and hardware options.

Also on the agenda will be the issue of mental health, with Health by Design Director Greg McLoughlin heading up a seminar titled Health, Injury Prevention, Mental Health, Fatigue and Safety: Joining the Dots for Optimal Outcomes. The session will discuss an approach to reducing individual risk relating to injury and health across the entire workplace population, with an emphasis on achieving strong synergies with other company initiatives in the health management space.

Following on from this, Dr Matt Brearley’s session on Maximising Health, Safety and Performance in the Heat will provide attendees with a practical overview of the issues contributing to employee heat stress. Dr Brearley will explore strategies to maximise the health, safety and performance of staff exposed to the Northern Territory’s often harsh climate, and outline procedures for emergency management of heat-stressed workers, including in remote settings.

Rounding out the program on March 20 will be How to Relieve the Environmental Ignorance of Your Site, a seminar run by Absorb Environmental Solution’s Phil Abernethy that will enable business owners to enlighten their staff to environmental responsibilities.

The Safety in Action Darwin trade show will offer an invaluable opportunity for Northern Territory workplaces to take responsibility for the safety of their staff and contractors by engaging with cutting-edge research and Australia’s leading experts within the safety field.

Informa Exhibitions Australia says that starting from 2014, all shows across Australia will be known as Safety in Action. One major three- day show will run in September each year, alternating between Sydney and Melbourne. Shows in Perth and Brisbane will be held in June and April across alternating years and the newly added two-day show in Darwin commencing in March 2014, is planned to be held every four years.

Places to Safety in Action Darwin are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

What:    Safety in Action Darwin

When:   Wednesday 19 March 2014, 9am – 4pm

Thursday 20 March 2014, 9am – 4pm

Where: Darwin Convention Centre

Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin

For more info:  https://www.safetyinaction.net.au/darwin

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