Program revealed for Workplace Health and Safety Show

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Thursday, 31 August, 2023

Program revealed for Workplace Health and Safety Show

The organisers of the 2023 Sydney Workplace Health and Safety Show have launched the Show’s Spotlight stage program — a two-day program that forms part of the show’s line-up of interactive seminars and workshops covering the latest in workplace safety regulations, technology innovations, employee wellbeing and safety best practices.

Marie Kinsella, CEO of the IEC Group Australia, the organisers of the Workplace Health and Safety Show, said the Spotlight Stage program will bring together Australia’s leading safety, wellbeing and regulatory experts. “The Workplace Health and Safety Show is returning to Sydney from 20 to 21 September 2023, to empower health and safety professionals with insights and practical measures they can implement in their workplaces to achieve health and safety compliance,” Kinsella said.

Registration is free and includes access to the show’s exhibition, where over 120 exhibitors will showcase the latest safety technology, tools and products. The show also provides attendees with an opportunity to engage with industry peers, experts and thought leaders.

The 2023 Spotlight Stage Program includes:

Day 1 — Wednesday, 20 September 2023

Psychosocial Hazards — insights from audits across different industries (9:15–9:35 am)

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

A session highlighting the main psychosocial hazards found in audits conducted over the last few years across different sectors, as well as effective strategies to mitigate those hazards in line with legislation.

Transforming to Cloud-based Safety Technology — Your Safety Journey (10:00–10:30 am)

Speaker: Mary Nizamis, Chief Relations and Governance Officer, Skytrust & Patricia Kavanagh, General Manager Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, Eire Constructions

This interactive forum will explore the lifecycle of businesses on the journey from paper to digital. It will share expert insights into the challenges and benefits of this transition, and the role of cloud-based safety technology in achieving compliance.

Return-To-Work via Wearable Sensors and an AI-Powered Education Platform (11:00–11:20 am)

Speaker: Andrew McColl, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, Preventure

Unpack the basics of how wearable sensors are being used day-to-day in workplaces all across Australia, especially in a return-to-work setting to engage and empower injured workers and the clinical teams and supervisors working with them.

Assessing Risks and Pre-Employment Medicals (11:40–12:00 pm)

Speaker: David Boyle, Chief Revenue Officer, Jobfit Health Group

Discover the importance of conducting risk assessments and pre-employment medical practices to ensure a safe and productive work environment. This is an opportunity to enhance workplace safety and compliance while optimising workforce productivity.

A Human Touch — The Key to Effective Supplier Safety & Compliance Management (12:20–12:40 pm)

Speaker: Deb Smyth, Compliance Manager, Cm3 Contractor Management

Learn more about the risks associated with the engagement of contractors and suppliers, as well as the regulatory obligations for employers. Find out how software can benefit the management and tracking of risks, and why maintaining a human touch throughout this process is crucial.

People or Processes? Where does the cause of injury lay? (1:00–1:20 pm)

Speaker: Garry Gosling, CEO, Etiscope

We examine the contributing factors to Musculoskeletal Disorders & Ergonomics (MSD) injury and how to identify what causes these injuries to ensure that it can be addressed quickly and easily.

Panel: What should the framework for collaboration look like if we want to genuinely change the culture around safe work at height? (1:30–2:15 pm)

Facilitated by Scott Barber, CEO, Working At Height Association (WAHA), with Ryan Tinker & Josh Kent, SafeWork NSW; Michael Sugg, Formwork Industry Association; and Dom Weir, AIHS & Scaffolding Association of Australia.

Meet representatives from key organisations and associations ready to share their knowledge of working safely at height.

Meet the Inspectors from SafeWork NSW (3:15–4:00 pm)

Speaker: Inspectors SafeWork NSW

SafeWork NSW Inspectors will chair a panel to provide real-time information and answer your questions on regulations and employer obligations.

Day 2 — Thursday, 21 September 2023

Drive It Home: Reducing Workplace Trauma by Improving Road Safety Culture (9:15–9:35 am)

Speaker: Michael Fitzgibbins, CEO, Road Sense Australia Ltd

This session raises awareness about the risks associated with unsafe driving practices and provides practical strategies for promoting a culture of safety and reducing workplace trauma.

Is your head in the cloud when it comes to cyber security? (10:00–10:30 am)

Speaker: Corey Burford, Managing Director, Skytrust

This session raises awareness of cybersecurity and data protection in cloud-based safety systems and will assist safety professionals with answers to questions most IT specialists will ask them.

Corporate SkinCheck Program & Sun Safety to mitigate risk for Employees (11:00–11:20 am)

Speaker: Jaime Schell, Chief Revenue Officer, Molemap Australia & NZ

Two in three Australians and New Zealanders will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. This session highlights the importance of early detection and skin education in the management and prevention of skin cancer.

Leveraging Technology to align with Safe Work Australia's Safety Strategy 2023–2033 (11:40–12:00 pm)

Speaker: Jason Goh, HSI Donesafe Product Specialist

Safe Work Australia has released its Safety Strategy for 2023–2033 with a bold vision for “safe and healthy work for all”. Find out the role that technology can play in meeting the three enablers outlined in this strategy.

The role of mobile solutions in driving better health and safety outcomes (12:20–12:40 pm)

Speaker: Jessica Medforth, Product Marketing Manager, ecoPortal

This session explores the missed opportunities of organisations yet to adopt mobile solutions as part of their health and safety programs and the impact this can have on accessibility, data accuracy, efficiency and worker engagement.

Psychobabble! — Psychological safety, psychosocial risks — what are we talking about? (1:00–1:20 pm)

Speaker: Amy Miszalski, Senior Leadership Consultant & Coach SafetyWorks, a division of Vitality Works

In this session we will clarify and demystify the terms “psychological safety” and “psychosocial risks”, and explore how this relates to the management of psychosocial hazards.

How to Initiate an Alcohol and Drug Testing Regime (1:50–2:10 pm)

Speaker: Nick Fox, National AOD manager (Medical Review Officer), Alcolizer

In an era of evolving challenges, a major concern is the potential impact of drug and alcohol use on safety and performance in the workplace. To address this concern, organisations are adopting proactive drug deterrence strategies designed to create a culture of accountability, safety and responsibility.

Register free today to attend two days of interactive seminars.

  • What: Workplace Health & Safety Show Sydney
  • When: Wednesday, 20 to Thursday, 21 September 2023
  • Where: Sydney Showground, Olympic Park
  • Entry: Free, registration required
  • Website:

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