In with the new
This year, Africa’s leading occupational safety and health exhibition, A-OSH Expo, and its co-located security and fire exhibition, Securex South Africa, went bigger and better at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg
Compared to 2016, pre-registrations for the three-day A-OSH Expo (May 30 to June 1) increased significantly. “We don’t yet have the number of feet through the door, but we know that this is the most exhibitors and square metres that we have ever had,” says Joshua Low, A-OSH Expo event director.
“This was also the first year that the South African Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) conference, which runs alongside A-OSH, was sold out two months before the show. (See page 30 for more on the Saiosh Conference.)
“With all the new occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations – ranging from ergonomics and climate change to waste-management services – we felt we needed to focus more on the OHS industry this year, whereas previously we focused more on the security industry,” says Low.
The event featured more than 90 exhibitors that specialise in products and services catering to the OHS industry.
Select PPE’s goal at A-OSH this year was to create awareness of its new Pride range. “We will be launching our Pride range soon,” says Marishka van der Schyff from Select PPE. “We started with spectacles and gloves and we are introducing safety footwear in June. Although some of these products are already available, we will launch the range with its three categories – economic, intermediate and premium – at the end of the year.”
Drager is known for being involved in gas detection, but this year at A-OSH it wanted to create awareness about its data management services. “We displayed our X-dock calibration device and management system,” says Chris Vertue, marketing manager at Drager.
“Many companies no longer want to see only the number on the screen when gas is detected. They also want to collect data to prove the success of the safety systems in place, or find out whether they are inadequate,” says Vertue.
Grant Lawless, sales manager at Pienaar Bros., says: “We took part in A-OSH because we need to keep reminding people that the company is an industry leader and what it can do for their businesses.
“We recently introduced the Steel Blue safety boot range from Australia. It’s a good-looking boot that has received a lot of interest. We also displayed our poly-cotton Inyathi work wear range, which comes in two different styles.”
Afrisupply’s key focus at the Expo was to make people aware that it manufactures 90 percent of its spill-kit products.
“Because of the current exchange rate, we recently decided to start manufacturing our own polyethylene intermediate bulk containers (IBC) as well as four-drum spill decks. This is more cost effective than importing them. We are currently the only company in the country manufacturing these products locally,” says Salika Singh, sales and marketing consultant at Afrisupply.
The A-OSH Expo provided the opportunity for BBF Safety group to reinforce the fact that it is the largest safety boot manufacturer in South Africa. Ndlela Mazibuko, BBF Safety group sales manager at BBF says: “We also wanted to create awareness that our sales team has been restructured to include product consultants who can advise customers on buying the right boots for the right applications.”
Vanessa Ronald, senior brand manager at BBF Safety, says: “By exhibiting at A-OSH we are able to demonstrate that we are the only manufacturer in South Africa that has eight brands and a united sales team to give customers the correct safety boot for the right application.”
Alco-Safe has been exhibiting at A-OSH since its inception. “We keep going back because it is the show that is most relevant to our products,” says Rhys Evans, Alco-Safe director.
“We have a new stand-alone product, called Alcontrol, which was designed as a self-testing breathalyser that can be mounted on a wall or fence outside the place of work. Workers can voluntarily go to the Alcontrol tester and test whether they have alcohol in their system. This product can be connected to cameras that will identify the workers who fail the test and lock them out of the workplace,” says Evans.
Low concludes: “Our team has already started with the arrangements for A-OSH Expo 2018 and we already have some stands booked. We will once again be putting more focus on the OHS industry to make sure that companies and experts are up to date with new industry laws and developments.”