Safety & Health Expo 2015 Review

Safety & Health Expo was the scene of a vast array of technology on display that gave a lasting impression on health & safety professionals from around the world.

Visitors packed into the hall on day one to see Baroness Karren Brady deliver her keynote address. The "first lady of football" and star on BBC's The Apprentice gave advice on succeeding in business, drawing from her own experience. Her presence showed the importance of Safety & Heath Expo and its sister exhibitions for business leaders and entrepreneurs.

World explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes turned up on day two with a whole host of advice on safety and determination in the face of adversity. In his keynote address, which also took place at Safety & Health Expo, he drew on his long career of worldwide exploration to explain what it takes to achieve incredible feets and how to prepare physically and mentally. Sir Ranulph was also interviewed on Safety & Health Expo TV where he discussed the health & safety advice he would give to others and that he wished he had been given in the past.

The exhibition was host to numerous associations involved in safety at work awareness. One of them, the British Safety Council ran a free-to-attend Global Risk Management Theatre at Safety & Health Expo. This well attended event included a variety of key topics for the industry including "The benefit of onsite first aid capability and expertise", "Slips, Trips or Falls?: accidents on the level and on stairs"  and "The risks facing young workers in the workplace."

Participants in Safety & Health Expo promoted a range of good causes and aims. Health & Safety Week 2015 was supported across the event. Heather Beach, director of the OSH portfolio at UBM EMEA, took part by climbing the JSP wall and raised more than £700 for Richard House Children’s Hospice.

There were also two Women in Safety & Health Forums that took place at the event to support women in the industry, looking at the theme of effective communication and led to discussions of women’s experiences in different industries.

One of the most engaging ways for exhibitors to connect with visitors is through holding competitions, and at Safety & Health Expo there were great safety themed competitions that helped people engage in the real issues and to learn. In particular, we liked the competition by the charity Drink Driver Education to work out when you would be alcohol free and therefore fit to drive next day.

Safety & Health Expo is the place where significant leaps in safety technology are unveiled year on year. A brand new compliance app was unveiled at this year’s show from Southalls. The Safety Cloud app enables users to record internal audits, equipment checks, maintenance certificates and other key data while out on site. This is ideal for companies which have multiple sites or larger health and safety teams. Co-founder John Southall said that Safety Cloud "makes it even easier and more convenient for health and safety professionals to manage their compliance and to take advantage of the easy-to-use system, irrespective of their location.”

Our loyal customer Dräger partnered with Thames Valley Police and RoSPA to discuss the impacts of drink & drug driving. Dräger thanked visitors to their stand and said that they looked forward to seeing them soon.

Safety & Health Expo 2015 was very diverse in its range of content and proved once again to be a valuable platform for those looking to gain connections and those visitors who come for the latest expertise and attractive educational demos. The show will be returning to ExCel, London on 21-23 June 2016, which the Safety Product Search Team look forward to.