The registration desk was hard pushed to keep up with the influx of visitors to A-OSH Expo 2015 held at Gallagher Convention Centre in May. An eager 2 455 industry occupational health and safety professionals queued at the doors to Africa’s premier OHS exhibition, where the 85 exhibitors shared their knowledge and expertise on an interactive and highly energised basis over the three-day event.
Joshua Low, Event Director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, says that the excitement levels were high as the exhibition enjoyed an increase in visitor numbers of almost 28% over the previous year’s event. “We welcomed 888 first time visitors, many of whom were thrilled with the superior quality of both the products and services on display.”
In addition to learning about best practice from the 69 local South African companies and 16 international companies (of which 27 local South Africa companies and 12 international companies were exhibiting for the first time at A-OSH Expo), two seminar programmes and a conference provided much-needed educational input. The NOSHEBO Theatre seminar and PASMA Working at Height Theatre proved extremely popular with the crowds and were packed to capacity, for most of the three show days. The SAIOSH conference was once again booked out weeks in advance of the exhibition opening on 12 May.
Nare Kgomo from the Department of Correctional Services says: “I started in OHS at the DCS last year so this is my first A-OSH Expo and I found it to be really excellent. My goal was to source service providers for OHS training courses and I have found a number of suppliers I will be following up on. I attended some of the NOSHEBO Seminar Theatre sessions and was really impressed with the quality of the speakers and the topics presented.”
“We introduced two new features this year: the Business Matchmaking Programme, an initiative that matched visitors up with the most relevant exhibitors; and the Fire Hazard Identification Challenge which was based on a simulated office environment with six to eight fire hazards that had to be identified by participants. FPASA also, for the first time, ran its InFiRES conference alongside A-OSH Expo. This is a CPD accredited event, aimed at technical insurance people. The conference was a great success, attracting over 100 people from some of the leading insurance companies in South Africa,” says Low.
“An indication of the growing popularity of the exhibition is the endorsements we received from the leading industry associations including FPASA, Institute for Working at Height, IOSM, Master Builders Association, NOSHEBO, Safety First Association, SAIOH, SAIOSH and SAPEMA,” adds Low.
Winners of the prestigious stand awards at A-OSH Expo 2015 were: <12 m2: Murray & Roberts Training Academy; runner up: North Safety Products. In the 15-18 m2 category: Rebel Safety, with the runner up: Brantex. In the 21-54 m2 category: 3M, with runner up: HSE Solutions.
An abundance of products and services
Datasaint showcased a ppe2go standalone self-service kiosk and software solution that allows for biometric authentication and PPE selection through a touch screen interactive interface. The BSI courses for quality, environmental, health and safety, information security and business continuity are available at four levels: introduction courses, two-day implementation courses, two-day internal auditor courses and five-day lead auditor courses.
HSE Solutions launched Honeywell’s Perfect Cutting© range of cut and puncture resistant hand protection. Featured in this range is the Dyneema® Diamond/lycra® knitted glove. The glove, which has black polyurethane coating on the palm and tips of fingers and an elastic wrist, offers the worker many benefits including an added sensation of comfort and outstanding properties against cuts.
UNISA’s Centre for Business Management introduced a number of industry-relevant courses including the programme in safety management as well as the programme in advanced safety management. The advanced safety management course focuses on a broader view of safety management and the safety responsibilities of both line managers and staff safety practitioners. The basic course provides a basic overview of safety management.
First-time exhibitors Participate Technologies, introduced their audience response devices which allow meeting coordinators, lecturers or training facilitators to poll students/attendees and graphically present the results in real time. By sharing this information with all participants, they feel more involved in teaching sessions and are more inclined to concentrate and participate.
Yorken’s stand was very busy as visitors collected free samples of the company’s Physioderm range of skin care products for the workplace. Skin cleansing, skin protection, skin care and disinfectant products and their role in preventing occupational skin problems were topics of conversation.
Santon Workwear provides a range of garments including boilersuits, Conti two-piece suits, dustcoats, lady’s canteen dresses and aprons. Materials include 65/35 polyester cotton, 100% cotton and acid-resistant fabrics.
Murray & Roberts Training Academy was another first-time exhibitor at A-OSH Expo and introduced its OHS skills, underground hard rock mining skills, National Certificate in OHS for mining and minerals, as well as its basic engineering skills courses to visitors.
A-OSH Expo 2016 is already well into the planning stages and will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 24 to 26 May. For more information on booking a stand contact Marlene Bosch on firstname.lastname@example.org or 010 003 3082 and Sven Riddle on email@example.com or 010 003 3077 or visit www.aosh.co.za