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. In the lead-up to the event (9-12 May 2017), we’ll be profiling some of the leading speakers and exhibitors attending the show. 

Paul Spinks, Counsellor, The Wisdom Factory

The leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44 is suicide. Paul Spinks from the Wisdom Factory believes placing layers of training and surface level concepts on how to better behave and perform may help lead to reduced outcomes.
As a Paramedic and State Trauma Councillor, Paul believes workplaces need to place mental and physical health at the top of safety checklist. In this session, he will discuss how safety managers can help foster the health and well-being of team members, inspiring change and providing a tool kit to act on - to bring about purpose, direction, retention and meaning into the workplace.
Details: Tuesday 9 May 2017, 2:00pm – 3:10pm

Jillian Hamilton, CEO and Founder, Manage Damage

When trying to justify the business benefits of safety in order to get management buy in, if you can’t talk in financial terms the engagement is lost. All businesses are in operations to make money – even charities.

As a safety professional in a corporate environment you must know your numbers and how you can quantify the costs and benefits of your work.
Health, Safety, Environmental, Quality, Administrative functions in business must understand and manage budgets and business cases.

Hear from Jillian Hamilton as she explores the positive impact on organisational safety of cost focusing and establishment of true costing of harm, discussing key elements of this harm accounting model:

  • Creating a financial relevance for Health, Safety, Environmental, Quality, Administrative functions in business to help enable safety personnel to achieve their own KPIs of reducing harm
  • Fine tuning and remedying existing risk management strategies
  • Making HSEQ relevant by allowing HSEQ personnel to speak in financial terms

Details: Tuesday 9 May 2017, 3:15pm – 3:55pm


The Safety First Conference & Expo will be co-located with National Manufacturing Week, Austech and ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo which are each comprehensive, free-to-attend opportunities for attendees.

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


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