Safety & Health Expo 2014 Review

Safety & Health Expo 2014, which took place on 17th – 19th June 2014, further cemented its reputation as the UK’s number one safety and occupational protection event. Visitors and exhibitors also showed their support for Health & Safety Week running from 15th – 19th June.

The event included over 55 hours of free CPD seminar content and ran in conjunction with the IOSH Conference. There were unrivalled educational opportunities, and it was clear that Safety & Health Expo has a growing international reputation with over 20% of exhibitors in 2014 coming from outside the UK.

Major seminar topics on the Safety & Health Expo programme included Occupational Cancer presented by The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), which highlighted risks from industries working closely with carcinogenic chemicals and other substances.

Learning at the show was an exciting experience for attendees as there were not only a whole host of seminars but informative and interactive role plays. These included a mock trial with a company in the dock accused of breaching their health & safety responsibility and a workplace scenario where employees confront a bad manager.

Exhibitors supported the efforts to promote what the show is all about. Arco said "We are so proud to support Health and Safety Week - Let's keep on raising awareness of health and safety."

The layout of the exhibition hall was eye-catching and helped to create an exciting atmosphere. For example, Evac+Chair International demonstrated their evacuation chairs and their effective use on a real double-decker bus parked at their stand. Interactive displays like this no doubt help get more people involved and concerned about this field.

It was striking to see how many training organisations were exhibiting at the show, all with different specialities in the health & safety field. Apple Construction Training were fondly remembered for their ‘Captain Safety’ superhero type character dressed up and ready to fight against poor safety practices, we assume.

The show included a ‘work from height’ demonstration where we could see climbers harnessing themselves up scaffolding to the high ceiling. Working at dizzying heights must be one of the most difficult things to get used to, and getting close up to watch the demonstration taught us to further appreciate those who do this as routine.

Safety & Health Expo will return to Excel, London between 16th to 18th June 2015. New zones next year are to include occupational health, construction safety and PPE/Workwear. The show organisers and the many returning exhibiters expect it to be a record breaker.