Countdown Begins for Australia's 'One Stop' Safety Show

15 May 2015

Less than a week remains to Safety First Conference & Expo, May 26 - 30 in Melbourne, Australia's only one-stop event for safety professionals keen to take workplace safety to the next level. More than a dozen exhibitors will be presenting innovations in safety products and services, alongside a conference program that brings together more than 30 industry leaders to present new ideas and strategies.
The full program - now available at - has been designed to bring the safety industry together, with free, open briefings alternating with high level sessions on three core themes: Safety Leaders Skills, Human Factors for Safety Leaders and Psychological Injury. Key to the Premium Forums will be the opportunity to talk to and ask questions of each speaker.

Anthony Reed, Event Director for Safety First comments, "One of the real benefits of the Premium Forums is the opportunity to benchmark your practices against best practices and achievements in industry. Each of the sessions has been designed to give you high level ideas and strategies - and because they're taking place behind closed doors, you will have a rare opportunity to quiz industry leaders about what they - and you can - do differently to influence safety outcomes."

The Premium Forums include:
Premium Forum A - Safety Leaders Skills Pro Tuesday 26 May 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Participants will discuss advanced skills including:
• Exploring behaviours that can unintentionally boost risk in the workplace
• Communicating in ways that help create a culture of safety
• Measuring your success as a safety leader

Highlight speaker at this event, Dr Angelica Vecchio-Sadus, HSE Manager, CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship is one of Australia's top women in health and safety. Her presentation will cover different indicators of success you can use at various stages of the journey - such as measuring lead indicators of change before overt statistics become evident - to track progress towards your workplace safety goals.

Premium Forum B – Human Factors for Safety Leaders Wednesday 27 May 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Participants will gain a greater understanding of social influences, including
• Is the human factor a problem to control or a resource to harness?
• A case study revealing the key factors that played a serious role in major incidents

This session will begin with a keynote by Prof Sidney Dekker, Griffith University, and the Safety Science Innovation Lab. Prof Dekker is renowned globally as an exciting, and challenging thinker who will pose the question of what set of circumstances in your workplace puts people in a position where they end up doing things that go wrong?

Premium Forum C – OHS Safety Leaders – Psychological Injury Thursday 28 May 3.00pm – 5.30pm
This session aims to enhance your capacity to positively influence workers' thinking, emotional state and behaviour, through:
• Looking at personal resilience and the building blocks for a resilient workforce
• Mental health issues, stress and psychological injury including depression and anxiety
• Re-engaging and motivating injured employees after they have returned to work

Dr Rod Gutierrez, Leader – Culture, Capability and Change Management, DuPont Sustainable Solutions will begin the forum with strategies for influencing safety by focusing on what employees think and feel, so that they choose to be safe.

Each of the Premium Forum series is priced at $180, with discounts for registering for two forums (20% discount = $288) and all three forums (40% discount = $324).

The Safety First Premium Forums and drop-in sessions take place against an expo of new and innovative safety products and services, running alongside National Manufacturing Week - Australia's largest manufacturing event - to provide broad ranging access to industry solutions.

"Safety First is the only one-stop workplace safety event in Australia - and it will be a great resource for safety professionals seeking to boost their own skills, and their organisation's safety standards," concludes Reed. "Look forward to seeing you there!"

Details are online at Visitors to the website can register to attend and sign up for conference sessions - discounts are available for multi-session attendance - to skip the queues when the doors open on Safety First at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre next week.


Jessica Hodges
Porter Novelli
Phone: +61 2 8987 2108

Wed 9 May Exhibition 10am - 6pm
Thur 10 May Exhibition 10am - 6pm
Fri 11 May Exhibition 10am - 4pm

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