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Industry throws support behind Queensland Safety Show

Three of Queensland’s top industry associations have thrown their support behind the Queensland Safety Show, with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland, Electrical and Communications Association Queensland and Master Builders all taking part in the event.

The Queensland Safety Show will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from June 16 to 18. Visitors will attend three concurrently-held workplace safety events: the Queensland Safety Show, Queensland Materials Handling and the Queensland Safety Conference.

The two trade shows, Queensland Materials Handling and the Queensland Safety Show, will boast a combined 7,500 square metres of specialist safety products and services presented by over 200 exhibitors. Organisers say there will be 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.

The fire and security feature area will help Queensland’s construction industry, including electricians, deal with recent amendments to the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) and a new Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 6.1, which took effect from January 1.

Aside from the new feature area, the Queensland Safety Show’s ability to throw the spotlight on broader safety issues is important, according to executive director of the Master Builders, Graham Cuthbert.

“Master Builders has once again supported the Queensland Safety Show as part of our commitment to better OHS management and to assist our members in providing safer and healthier workplaces,” Cuthbert said.

“Safety in the building industry is one of our top priorities and the Queensland Safety Show offers us a platform to showcase our services and products that help industry stakeholders properly manage their safety obligations.”

Practical assistance will also be on offer from the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland, which will present free manual tasks workshops on each the show’s three days. The sessions will be led by Michael Terry, an industrial physiotherapist with extensive experience treating and preventing strain injuries from manual tasks.

More advice will be available from around 40 workplace health and safety (WHS) experts at the concurrently held Queensland Safety Conference. Sponsored by Workplace Health & Safety Queensland and presented by the Queensland and Northern Territory division of the Safety Institute of Australia, the conference aims to advance the science of safety and provide practical solutions for delegates to implement immediately in their workplace.

Conference-goers will be able to select presentations from seven special-interest themes, including:

> WHS Managers

> Health Promotion in the Workplace

> WHS Legislation

> Occupational disease

> Behaviour & Culture

> Risk Management and Critical Incidents

> Occupational issues such as sun, fatigue, and alcohol and drug use

The Queensland Safety Show, Queensland Materials Handling and the Queensland Safety Conference will run from Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 June 2009 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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