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Safety Dimensions at the Safety In Action Show: What we learned

Phil Neville, Business Development Consultant, Safety Dimensions
In years gone by, management of Health and Safety in the workplace was often addressed in an ad-hoc or reactive fashion. When things would go wrong, there was little consideration for the root cause of incidents or the science behind human behaviour.

More recently, many organisations are now seeing the benefits of implementing cultural change and safety leadership programs to proactively address safety performance challenges. With this in mind, the 2014 Safety in Action conference provided the perfect forum for Safety Dimensions to speak with key industry Health and Safety professionals about the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. With over 5000 delegates in attendance, it was fantastic to see so many Health and Safety professionals proactively seeking out information on new products, solutions and services.

Safety Dimensions had a strong involvement in the show with a number of key note speakers presenting to the large crowd as well as a display booth set up in the main hall. The delegates hailed from an eclectic mix of industry segments including construction, manufacturing, logistics and commercial. Throughout the show, there was significant interest in our highly customised Safety Leadership and Frontline Management programs, and our team is already busy arranging follow up meetings with interested parties.

Aside from the display stand, we were heavily involved in other aspects of the event. Day 1 saw one of our Lead Consultants, Dr Paul Johnston host a round table discussion looking at how best to implement positive safety culture programs.

Day 2 saw our Managing Partner Janet McCulloch presenting in the main hall to over 300 (delegates). Her presentation titled ‘Critical Incident Management’ caught many people off guard in that they were expecting a presentation on Emergency preparedness and response. Instead, the presentation focused on the ‘Human’ side of incident management, including, how to identify abnormal stress reactions, and providing a framework for open and effective conversations with those involved.

Day 3 saw one of our key associates, Pete Jensen, emceeing for the main hall presentations. As always, Pete’s friendly, open and engaging presence was warmly received by all in attendance.

Any event promoting safety and providing valuable guidance to industry that assists in keeping people safe in the workplace can only be seen as a good thing, and as such the 2014 Safety show should be seen a great success. Thanks to the organisers and major sponsors for making this event possible.