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Africa’s leading occupational health and safety exhibition provides all-round risk assessment and alleviation over a concentrated three-day period

The 80-plus exhibitors at A-OSH EXPO 2016 have pulled out all the stops to make this year’s event an unforgettable experience for visitors from across the continent and other global locations. Justifiably Africa’s leading occupational health and safety exhibition, the exhibition has been strategically designed to provide a carefully orchestrated combination of products, services and educational sessions.

“If you are responsible for reducing OHS in your work environment, then A-OSH EXPO 2016, held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg from 24 to 26 May 2016, is the place to be. The exhibition represents high quality brands from leading local and overseas occupational health and safety manufacturers, suppliers and service providers. It’s no idle boast that A-OSH EXPO is able to provide risk assessments and mitigation for a multitude of identifiable issues across a large number of industries,” says Joshua Low, A-OSH EXPO Event Director at Specialised Exhibitions.

Now in its sixth year, A-OSH EXPO boasts a number of visitor attractions that make the show experience even more worthwhile. These include the comprehensive Saiosh conference and the Business Matchmaking Service sponsored by Ideco. The latter initiative allows visitors to be pre-matched with relevant exhibitors, whereby meetings are arranged in advance of the exhibition, thereby maximising the visitor’s time at A-OSH EXPO 2016.

Finding OHS solutions

“There is simply no OHS problem that does not have a solution at A-OSH EXPO 2016. We have lined up an extensive array of products and services that will make life so much easier for anyone involved in occupational health and safety,” says Low.

ppe2go is an easy to use software system that saves both time and money and allows users to control the issuing of r PPE stock. A number of features will be available for demonstration at the exhibition and include self-service kiosks, biometric authentication, barcoded scanners, data integration, online verification and KPI reports. VIP guests from reference clients will be available on the stand to answer any questions visitors may have. Visitors can enter their business card into a lucky draw to stand a chance of winning an online shopping voucher.

Master Lock’s range of lockout padlocks include laminated, specially coated aluminium and the Zenex range of thermoplastic padlocks. All padlocks, supplied by local distributors IB McIntyre & Company, are durable and various colour coding and engraving options are available for easy identification. These locks are available in keyed-alike or master-keyed suites. For ultimate safety and security, they can be registered to a single company’s specific requirements to prevent unwanted key duplication. Different shackle lengths are also available to accommodate different locking situations. Padlocks come standard as key retaining to prevent being left unlocked.

CHARNAUD believes in a head-to-foot approach to safety. This year at A-OSH EXPO, CHARNAUD introduces a new product in their SURVIVE-ARC® range of personal protective clothing. The True Comfort long sleeve shirt comes in a plush navy blue and can protect a wearer in an electric arc flash up to 10.9 cal/cm2.

Besides being a manufacturer of personal protective equipment, Safeco also promotes and distributes local manufacturer’s products where they are of compliant quality. The range also includes products from internationally accredited and reputable manufacturers and covers head to toe as well as many auxiliary safety accessories and equipment. The company is a distributor for Drager, Drizit, Dromex, Frams, Hazmat, Howard Leight, Maxi, Rebel, Safequip, Tyvek, Uvex, Wayne, Watt, Zenith, Zero and 3M.

Sabinet’s new Legal Registers platform, in association with Standards & Legal, takes the stress out of managing sustainability and legal compliance.The company’s South African Legislation service, Netlaw, includes all updated and consolidated South African Principal Acts, Rules and Regulations since 1910. Municipal By-Laws offers complete full text access to all by-laws in force and applicable in municipalities in all nine provinces, from 1995 to present day.

HSP Group SA has a constant and established team of qualified experts in the field of occupational health care and safety services, and extremely well equipped referral centres, mobile units and on-site clinics, offering solutions for organisational occupational health and safety compliance. HSP Group SA offers pre-employment, exit and periodic medicals; executive medicals; mining medicals; biological monitoring, hearing tests; vision screening; lung tests, on site clinics, drug control, travel medicine, training, counselling, locum services, and first aid kits at any of its referral centres.

The UNISA Centre for Business Management offers short learning programmes that prepare learners for the business world in a quick and effective manner. The courses are also ideal for professional people seeking to get formal qualifications in their field. These industry-relevant courses include the Programme in Safety Management as well as the Programme in Advanced Safety Management. Visitors can come and meet the lecturers at the organisation’s A-OSH EXPO stand and get answers to all their study related questions. Each day at the exhibition, Unisa CBM will be giving away one bursary to study the Programme in Safety Management.

Bumbene offers tailor-made solutions for lasting, cost-effective, law compliant results and peace of mind. Core services include national and international OHS management systems and products; TETA accredited skills development and training; the HIRA process; corporate services that include criminal record checks and driver’s licence verification; consulting and assessment; compliance and auditing; construction management; technical input; occupational surveys; health and safety products.

Women are different to men both anatomically and physiologically so Etekweni Safety Health and Environmental Services has developed the SHE PPE range for the working women. This range is aligned with women’s bodily structures and anthropometric data. The design articulates what women want in order to be comfortable and safe, and therefore happy and productive.

Dräger South Africa supplies and services a diverse range of safety products to a number of industries namely; government departments, fire services, chemical industries, oil & gas and mining. Their offering includes a full range of alcohol and drug detection devices, respiratory protection, gas warning devices as well as protective clothing. Dräger will be showcasing its new comfort vest for chemical protection suits (CPS), drug and alcohol detection equipment, airline equipment, and gas detection equipment at this year’s A-OSH EXPO exhibition.

Affsaf provides a cost effective OHS management system that is accessible from the cloud, ensures legal compliance and is OHSAS 18001 aligned. The system is interactive and designed to create actions and reminders. All documents, such as checklists, appointment letters and audit forms are provided and non-conformances are managed via automatic status reports, with statistics generated for management purposes.

ALCO-Safe provides assistance in the formulation of alcohol and substance abuse programmes and the provision of police grade breathalysers to ensure high quality and consistent results, together with drug testing equipment suitable for workplace use. The company undertakes calibrations and maintenance on all of the equipment that it supplies. If positive test results are obtained ALCO-Safe can also assist with expert witnesses in CCMA cases and labour court hearings.

Be educated

In addition to the widest variety of OHS products and services under one roof, A-OSH EXPO also offers visitors the opportunity to learn about current trends and best practice in the free-to-attend NOSHEBO Seminar Theatre (sponsored again this year by Ansell) and the PASMA Working at Height Theatre. The seminar programmes are available at www.aosh.co.za

As in the past few years, Saiosh will also be running their comprehensive conference alongside A-OSH EXPO.

In a clear show of confidence, A-OSH EXPO 2016 enjoys the endorsement of a number of leading industry associations, including the Institute for Working at Height (IWH), IOSM, Nebosh, FPASA, NOSHEBO, PASMA, the Safety First Association, SAIOH, Sapema and Saiosh.

A-OSH EXPO will again be co-located with Securex, Africa’s leading source for security and fire products and services. The exhibition covers all aspects of security and fire risk analysis and alleviation and for the first time will include a conference that addresses cyber security.

Visitors can pre-register online at www.aosh.co.za to avoid the queues at the exhibition.

To book a stand or discuss a sponsorship package, prospective exhibitors are encouraged to contact Sven Riddle or Zelda Jordaan on: svenr@specialised.com or zeldaj@specialised.com