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Safety and materials handling show hitting Melbourne

Around 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the Melbourne Exhibition Centre for Safety In Action next March, with various OHS, fire and security vendors booked to appear at the event.

The exhibition will run in conjunction with the Melbourne Materials Handling show, widening the scope of the event and bringing together more exhibitors and visitors.

This year the event will offer an entirely new fire and security feature area, hosting 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, says 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 covered 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.

Visit Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling, which run from March 31 to April 2 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The Safety Institute of Australia will host the concurrent Safety In Action conference sponsored by WorkSafe Victoria and Downer EDI.

For more information, phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences on 03 9654 7773, email or visit

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