The Safety First Conference & Expo is a dedicated event showcasing the latest technologies, products and services to improve safety standards and compliance and reduce safety expenditure.

Making its debut in Melbourne at National Manufacturing Week 2015 with 663 visitors and delegates, the Safety First Conference & Expo is the only safety event in Australia focused on the specific safety needs of heavy industries. Its co-location with Australia’s largest manufacturing event – National Manufacturing Week - gives exhibitors access to over 10,000 manufacturing industry buyers and decision-makers.

“This year’s program will explore four key themes facing safety leaders, including promoting a safety leadership culture, mental health and wellness in an industrial environment, safety and industrial technology as well as emerging developments in industrial safety,” said 2017 Event Director Robby Clark.

“Manufacturing is the major industry seeking safety products and services, with the Australian Safety industry revenues estimated at $1.7 Billion in the manufacturing sector alone. National Manufacturing Week and the Safety First Conference & Expo are expected to attract over 6,500 visitors over the three days.”

Speakers include:

  • Jillian Hamilton, CEO and Founder, Manage Damage – Understanding the Financial Relevance of Safe Work Practices;
  • Cameron Stevens, Safety Innovation Consultant, Percolate Ideas – A case study on the role of the health and safety professional in 2030;
  • Dr Rahul Walia, Robotics and Advanced Technology Safety Consultant, Sustainable Manufacturing Futures on the major trends and issues of robotics, automation and safety;
  • Greg McLoughlin, Managing Director, Health by Design Australia on finding ways to integrate employee wellbeing and safety; and
  • Natasha Jager, National Manager, Workplace Safety, Alcohol and Drug Foundation on reducing the hidden costs of alcohol and drugs in the workplace.

Attendees will have the opportunity to be face-to-face with key decision makers from leading companies, with exhibitors including A-Safe, JTA Health Safety & Noise Specialists, Safety Mate, Axelent, Poster Faktory and UVEX. A full list of speakers will be provided in the coming months, but already include Alframes Safety’s Alistair Schuback, Trustologie’s Marie-Claire Ross and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Natasha Jager.

The Safety First Conference & Expo is free to attend and will be at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne.

For more information about the Safety First Conference & Expo, or to register for the 2017 event, please visit


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