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Work Health & Safety Show Brisbane announces line-up of speakers

The Workplace Health & Safety Show 2023 will bring Australia’s industry leaders and innovators together in Brisbane, for the first time, to present a series of live, interactive seminars covering the latest in regulatory amendments, technology developments and safety trends.

Taking place from 31 May to 1 June 2023 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, this year’s comprehensive seminar program covers topics including major hazards, wellbeing and mental health, safety innovations, technology, and injury prevention.

As Australia’s leading workplace health and safety event, the Show promises to leave visitors with practical tips that they can implement in their organisations, as well as the know-how needed to manage health and safety compliance.

“We’ve seen a number of regulatory changes made in recent months as the Australian government prioritises the safety, wellbeing and support of workers. There’s never been a better time for Australia’s health and safety professionals to collaborate in the sharing of knowledge, skills and solutions, to create safe, happy and compliant workspaces. The Workplace Health and Safety Show offers free registration and is the ideal platform for up-skilling, discussion and networking,” says IEC Group Australia CEO Marie Kinsella.

The Free Education program is divided into two areas: the Knowledge Centre and the Spotlight Stage.

The full 2023 free education program includes:

Day 1 – 31 May 2023 | Knowledge Centre

Emerging Safety Technologies in Transport and its Supply Chain (9:15 – 10:00am)

Speaker: Simon Kirkpatrick, General Manager, Brisbane Motorway Services – representing Office of Industrial Relations Queensland

The discussion will examine the inherent challenges facing the transport industry (including the issues of supply chain disruption and environmental sustainability) and the new technologies available to address these challenges.

9 Pitfalls That Can Cause Your WHS Software Implementation to Fail (and How to Succeed) (10:45 – 11:30am)

Speaker: Manuel Seidel, CEO, ecoPortal

Unpacking how to choose the right safety software vendor and the key considerations to keep in mind during implementation. Get a glimpse into how innovation in safety software will meet evolving Health & Safety needs.

Fork Truck Safety – Innovations and Practice (12:00 – 12:45pm)

Speaker: Stan Palmer, Product Safety Standards and Engineering Manager, Toyota Material Handling; Craig Williams, Engineering and Technical Manager, Clark Equipment; Todd Brennan, Managing Director, Forkpro Australia

This session will focus on 3 key topics, including the role of Australian Standards, as well as new industry innovations; pedestrian safety management for operational safety; and the latest in fork truck licence requirements.

A Positive Psychology Coaching Approach to Sustainable Workplace Wellbeing. (1:15 – 2:00pm)

Speaker: Michelle Falzon, Founder, Positive Wellbeing Education

We’ll explore sustainable positive psychology and coaching techniques that can be implemented into a business or organisation to create a thriving workplace environment.

WHS Expands – Psychosocial Hazards, Risks and Solutions (2:30 – 3:15pm)

Speaker: Harold Downes and Alex Millman, Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety, Mills Oakley

Discover your increased obligations in the psychological space and hear what can be done in the face of a complicated and sometimes less visible risk area which affects all workplaces.

Entertaining the World – Safely (3:30 – 4:15pm)

Speaker: Megan Langtip, Manager, Production, Health and Safety, Netflix

Discover how Netflix use the latest safety research and put it into action in their everyday practical work, such that safety becomes an enabler, not a hindrance. With this approach, their productions become great places to work for everyone while they deliver creative excellence.

Day 1 – 31 May 2023 | Spotlight Stage

 Modelling Positive Behaviour (9:15 – 10:00am)

Speaker: Darron Shields, Business Support Manager, Paraplegic Benefit Fund (PBF)

Learn how PBF’s Modelling Positive Behaviour injury prevention program can build greater awareness of the risk of serious injury in Australian workplaces as well as encouraging personal responsibility for adopting safe work practices.

Panel: Cloud-Based Safety Technology – Where Would You Be Without It? (10:10 – 10:40am)

Speaker: Mary Nizamis, Chief Relations and Governance Officer, Skytrust, Zoe Ackerman, People & Performance Manager, Ausecology, Gianna Ryder, Quality Audit & Safety Professional

This interactive forum will explore the benefits of implementing safety software, whether in a small business or a multinational. The panel will also discuss the importance of compliance for business and how to achieve this using technology.

New Regulations on Psychosocial Hazards in Queensland – How to Translate Legislation into a Sustainable Practice (11:00 – 11:20am)

Speaker: Dr Georgi Toma, Director, Heart and Brain Works

The discussion will explore what the new Workplace Health and Safety legislation entails, defines psychosocial hazards and the risks for workplaces and explains how to translate the legislation into practice.

A Sustainable Future in Hand Protection Solutions (11:40 – 12:00pm)

Speaker: Tony Lynch, Director of Sales EMEA, Showa Group

Discover how gloves can be sustainable in a world where we are all challenged to reduce our impact on the environment, yet still provide skilled workers with effective PPE.

Managing Remote/Hybrid Teams – The Building Blocks for Psychological Safety & Wellness  (12:20 – 12:40pm)

Speaker: Deb Smyth, Compliance Manager, Cm3 Contractor Management

This presentation demonstrates how organisations can apply smart compliance principles to their remote and hybrid work environments, to manage the psychological safety and wellness of their employees and achieve business continuity.

Injury Risk Management During a Labour Shortage With an Ageing Workforce (1:00 – 1:20pm)

Speaker: Dr Jenny Legge, CEO & Founder, Staunch Technology

Labour shortages, an ageing workforce and budget limitations are significant challenges. In this session, learn how to flip your situation into a winning one – measure what matters to understand the benefits and logical steps to manage the risks of sprains and strains in your industry, in the current economy.

Collaboration to Affect Change (1:50 – 2:10pm)

Speaker: Scott Barber, CEO, WAHA

The discussion will explore how there needs to be a significant shift in safety culture around working at height, and collaboration across industries is key to affecting positive change.

People V Process. Is Injury Due to Poor People Performance or Poor Workplaces? (2:30 – 2:50pm)

Speaker: Garry Gosling, CEO, Joint Action Group Pty Ltd

Using real-life data from leading Australian and international businesses, the discussion centres on haptic management and illustrates why the need for data is so imperative for the safety of your workers.

Day 2 – 1 June 2023 | Knowledge Centre

Wellbeing From the Ground Up (9:15 – 10:00am)

Speaker: Carli Phillips, Wellbeing Keynote Speaker, Corporate Wellbeing Hub

Learn how to build a sustainable wellbeing program from the ground up.

Safety Technology in Manufacturing – Emerging Issues and Challenges (10:45 -11:30am)

Speaker: Vince Kelly, Dr Jinggi Zhang, Jessica Thompson & Chi-Ho Ng from The University of Queensland – representing the Office of Industrial Relations Queensland

We’ll unpack the emerging trends in artificial intelligence, autonomous technology, additive manufacturing and human-machine interfaces that will bring new challenges to the manufacturing sector.

How the Courts Manage Height Safety (12:00 – 12:45pm)

Speaker: Alan Girle, Special Counsel, Macpherson Kelley

Let’s examine how the courts are handling breaches of height safety, and the penalties being applied. The discussion will look at the types of cases that are prosecuted and the options available for those unlucky businesses that do end up in Court.

Staying Across IR Changes | What Businesses Need to Know to Foster Safe and Healthy Workplaces (1:15 – 2:00pm)

Speaker: Joanna Minchinton, Workplace Relations, People & Culture General Manager, Business Chamber Queensland

This session will unpack the latest Industrial Relations developments, including the new codes relating to Psychosocial Hazards and Domestic and Family Violence Leave, as well as Sexual Harassment in the workplace and the role of the Fair Work Commission in dealing with complaints.

Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Exposure In Construction – Risks And Challenges (2:30 – 3:15pm)

Speaker: Craig Dearling, General Manager – Workforce Services, Master Builders Queensland

Learn how to manage respirable crystalline silica dust exposure in construction and the manufacturing of construction elements. Get practical tips and advice to help you meet your obligations.

Day 2 – 1 June 2023 | Spotlight Stage

Operating Fork Trucks Safely (9:15 – 9:40am)

Speaker: Craig Williams, Engineering and Technical Manager, Clark Equipment

This session will explore the uses of the various fork trucks, as well as operational safety and the role of fork truck attachments in safety management.

ISO Certification is More Than Just an Audit When it Comes to Managing Your Safety Compliance with Technology (10:00 – 10:30am)

Speaker: Stuart Batchelor, Compliance Manager, Skytrust and Gianna Ryder, Quality Audit & Safety Professional

This session will look at the benefits of ISO certification and how risk compliance software technology can assist in your company’s compliance to maintain certification, drive continuous improvement, and enable culture change management.

Building a Future-Proof Safety Program with Leadership Buy-in (11:00 – 11:20am)

Speaker: Adam O’Neill, General Manager – Sales, JESI

Unpacking the three key steps that guarantee your safety program will be effective.

6 Pillars of Duress. Personal and Workplace Safety (12:20 – 12:40pm)

Speaker: Adam Jaffe, Head of Marketing, Ascom

Learn about the research and development surrounding personal duress devices, which enable staff to request immediate assistance in the event of a violent incident.

Circadian Rhythms and Fatigue (1:50 – 2:10pm)

Speaker: Dr Andrew Lingwood, Director Occupational & Environmental Physician, Occphyz Consulting

This presentation will focus on the nature of circadian rhythms and how they can contribute to fatigue – a significant health and safety issue – and will discuss some practical strategies that occupational physicians consider when assisting organisations to manage fatigue risks.

Register free to attend two days of interactive seminars.

What: Workplace Health & Safety Show Brisbane 2023
When:  Wednesday 31 May – Thursday 1 June 2023
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Entry: Free, registration required

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