How to improve occupational health and safety management in the food industry

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017

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When health and safety is done well, it is not a business overhead but a facilitator of continuous improvement practices that add value to the business.

  • What: Safety in Action Tradeshow
  • When: 5–6 September 2017
  • Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • Registration and more information:
  • Cost: Free for bona fide trade visitors

With 20% of Australian employees taking time off work each year due to stress, anxiousness or depression, occupational health and safety management is becoming increasing important. In fact, mental health issues in the workplace cost Australian businesses $10.9 billion each year. Added to this, food and beverage processors also need to be informed about the processes and technologies they can implement to ensure their employees’ physical safety in the workplace.

Luckily help is at hand. The upcoming Safety in Action tradeshow will tap into these key health and safety topics and is introducing three new dedicated Safety Zones. Each zone will include free, tailored seminar programs to educate today’s OHS professionals. Next to the Safety Innovations and Mental Health & Wellbeing program, the third safety zone will focus on case studies of current Major Safety Projects in Australia, to stay on top of the latest developments.

“This year, to cater for the extra demand we have created three spaces on the tradeshow floor to run concurrent programs covering Major Projects, Innovations, and Wellbeing. You can attend as many as you like from across all three streams,” said Keith Barks, general manager at Informa Australia, organiser of the event.

Free seminar sessions

  • Implementing a mental health and wellbeing strategy in the workplace, Nick Arvantis, Head of Research & Resource Development, Beyond Blue
  • Software to manage and improve Workplace Mental Health, Sarah O’Leary, Opportunity Creator, myosh
  • The Future of Corporate Health — Current Trends and Future Direction, Debra Villar, Director, Complete Corporate Wellness
  • Mitigating Heat Stress — Lessons learnt from 2017, Dr Matt Brearley, Managing Director, Thermal Hyper Performance
  • Non-Conforming Building Products and Safety Law, Katherine Morris, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Legal Approaches, Safety Culture and Human Factors in the Aviation Industry, John Ribbands, Barrister and Aviation Human Factors Specialist, ALAANZ

The full seminar program can be viewed on

Held concurrently with the trade show, Safety in Action presents three high-profile conferences focusing on Safety Strategy, Leadership and Culture, Workplace Wellness and Return to Work. With over 350 delegates and 70+ speakers and the conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

Latest equipment and services on show

At Safety in Action you can expect to see hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers with workplace health and safety products, services and solutions, including new and innovative ways to improve workplace performance.

The exhibitors include the Major Corporate Sponsor, myosh Safety Management Software, Technology Partner Riskware, RISSB, Mix Telematics, Retailquip, QHSE Integrated Solutions, Bureau Veritas, A-Safe Australia and Converge International. The full exhibitor list is available on

Image credit: © kounadeas

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