Registrations open for Safety First Conference & Expo

4 Apr 2017

The Safety First Conference & Expo is a dedicated event showcasing the latest technologies, products and services to improve safety standards and compliance and reduce safety expenditure.

Making its debut in Melbourne at National Manufacturing Week 2015, the Safety First Conference & Expo is the only safety event in Australia focused on the specific safety needs of heavy industries. Its co-location with Australia’s largest manufacturing event – National Manufacturing Week - gives exhibitors access to over 10,000 manufacturing industry buyers and decision-makers.

“This year’s program will explore four key themes facing safety leaders, including promoting a safety leadership culture, mental health and wellness in an industrial environment, safety and industrial technology as well as emerging developments in industrial safety,” said 2017 Event Director Robby Clark.

“Manufacturing is the major industry seeking safety products and services, with the Australian Safety industry revenues estimated at $1.7 Billion in the manufacturing sector alone. National Manufacturing Week and the Safety First Conference & Expo are expected to attract over 6,500 visitors over the three days.”

Organisers have announced four key areas for discussion at the 2017 event, which are:

• Promoting a safety leadership culture: Fostering employee driven and empowered approaches to safety throughout your organisation

• Mental health and wellness in an industrial environment: Encouraging a healthy and high performing workforce

• Safety and industrial technology: Addressing critical safety considerations in industrial technology use

• Emerging developments in industrial safety: Exploring the latest emerging developments in safety approaches and technologies in heavy industry


Supporting each key area are high quality speakers, who include:

• Jillian Hamilton, CEO and Founder, Manage Damage on Understanding the Financial Relevance of Safe Work Practices - Accounting for the Costs of Hurting People;

• Shae McCartney, Clayton Utz Employment and Safety Group Partner Workplace Relations on Heavy Vehicles: How to forge strong links in your chain of responsibility with heavy vehicles

• Wayne Richards, GM Group Health and Safety, Environment and Quality, Transdev on Safe at Transdev - Everyone, Always - How Transdev is Continuously Improving Their Safety Strategy to Ensure Each and Every Staff Member Gets Home Safely at the End of the Day;

• Cameron Stevens, Safety Innovation Consultant, Percolate Ideas – A case study on the role of the health and safety professional in 2030;

• Alison Gembarovski, Principal Ergonomist and Manager of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Unit, WorkSafe Victoria and Ian Sutcliffe, Manager, Return to Work Inspectorate, Worksafe Victoria on The Stickman Approach: Demystifying Organisational Psychosocial Factors;

• Dr Rahul Walia, Robotics and Advanced Technology Safety Consultant, Sustainable Manufacturing Futures – on the major trends and issues of robotics, automation and safety;

• Dr Linda Schachter, Sleep Services Australia Medical Director and Dr Juan Mulder, Sleep Services Australia Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician, The importance of fatigue risk management to ensure safety in a high risk environment;

• Greg McLoughlin, Managing Director, Health by Design Australia on finding ways to integrate employee wellbeing and safety; and

• Natasha Jager, National Manager, Workplace Safety, Alcohol and Drug Foundation on reducing the hidden costs of alcohol and drugs in the workplace.


Attendees will have the opportunity to be face-to-face with key decision makers from leading companies, with exhibitors including A-Safe, JTA Health Safety & Noise Specialists, Safety Mate, Axelent, Poster Faktory and UVEX. A full list of speakers will be provided in the coming months, but already include Alframes Safety’s Alistair Schuback, Trustologie’s Marie-Claire Ross and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Natasha Jager.

Exhibition categories include Personal Protective Equipment, Machine Safety, Fire & Life Safety, Workplace Health & Wellness, ICT for Safety, Electrical Safety, Safety Services and General Safety.

In addition, more than 30 speakers are confirmed for National Manufacturing Week’s Industry 4.0 Theatre, which will feature presentations on industry capability development, product and service innovation, technology innovation, process improvement and sustainable manufacturing.

Themed ‘Delivering the Industry 4.0 Revolution’, NMW 2017 is free-to-attend and will feature five critical areas facing the manufacturing sector: Industry Capability Development, Product and Service Innovation, Technology Innovation, Process Improvement and Sustainable Manufacturing.

CSIRO Manufacturing Director Dr Keith McLean, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Managing Director Dr Jens Goennemann, Innovative Manufacturing CRC Chief Executive Officer David Chuter and the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council Chairman John Pollaers are all confirmed as 2017 speakers.

Eleven specialist Product Zones will apply these categories to specific subsections of the manufacturing industry, which are Advanced Materials, Air Technology, Automation and Robotics, Digital Manufacturing, Electrical, Engineering, Process Control and Instrumentation, Research and Development, Safety, Supply Chain Logistics and Welding Technology.

Live demonstrations of the latest technologies and products are scheduled to run each day on the exhibition floor, which will feature more than 200 exhibiting companies from around the world. These include Bosch Australia, BOC, Supagas, Central Innovation (Intercad), 3M, Lincoln Electric, ATOM, HIWIN, Impact Robotics, KOBOT, SIKA Australia, Universal Robots and WAGO.

Registrations have now opened for Australia’s industrial safety event, Safety First Conference & Expo. This event will run from 9 – 12 May 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Safety First Conference & Expo will be co-located with National Manufacturing Week, Austech and ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo which are each comprehensive, free-to-attend opportunities for attendees.

For more information about the Safety First Conference & Expo, or to register for the 2017 event, please visit



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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