Every 15 seconds a worker dies as a result of occupational diseases or accidents according to estimates of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Therefore it must be one of the highest priorities for every company to maintain and update occupational safety standards. This is where A+A 2017 comes in as the leading international trade fair and congress for safe and healthy working.
Under the heading “People Matter” it will present everything related to safety, security and health at work from 17 to 20 October. This year the ranges from the (for the first time) 1,900 exhibitors from 63 nations are so wide that A+A will occupy over 70,000 squares metres of exhibition space at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre for the first time in its history.
Our world of work has changed in many ways and increasingly calls for adjustments to occupational safety. Higher and increasing workloads and a growing number of jobs requiring multi-tasking are all consequences of digitalisation – and these consequences are now decisively driving change in our world of work impacting nearly all workplaces. However, demographic change also brings new challenges and opportunities. Commenting on this Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, said: “Accordingly, all measures undertaken to preserve the ability to work are just as important as safety and security proper at the workplace because these improve people’s lives by also protecting them against health and safety risks at their workplaces. At the same time, these measures increase productivity and, hence, the competitiveness of companies.”
World’s No. 1 Trade Fair Set to Break Exhibition Space and Exhibitor Records
A+A – the world’s leading Trade Fair for Safety, Security and Health at Work – and the 35th International Congress for Occupational Health and Occupational Medicine held in Düsseldorf from 17 to 20 October will show what these measures could look like. Both events provide a complete overview of the latest trends and products worldwide in the areas of occupational safety, corporate health promotion and security management at companies. For the first time in the history of A+A more than 1,900 exhibitors from 63 countries will be occupying over 70,000 square metres in nine exhibition halls where they will showcase their latest products and services for personal protection and the implementation of health-maintaining, safe operations. Exhibits range from corporate fashion and ergonomic office furniture through personal protective equipment to fire protection and emergency management as well as corporate environmental protection measures. A+A is the most important event for all experts from occupational health and safety management, for HR managers and works council members, industry buyers, specialist retailers, company physicians, fire brigades, technical relief and law enforcement officers, representatives of employers’ liability insurance associations and accident insurance firms as well as the owners of small and medium-sized enterprises.
A+A Congress: The Most Important Congress Event for the Sector
Held in parallel with the A+A trade fair, the 35th International Congress for Occupational Safety and Occupational Medicine will provide comprehensive information on the current issues and challenges facing the sector. The congress has been organised by Basi – the German Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health – since the early 1950s. Lined up are in excess of 50 lecture series that address current issues and flag up solutions to these problems. Once again the conference of ILO – the International Labour Organisation – will form a globally respected part of the A+A Congress programme. Here high-calibre labour, safety and health experts will address such topics as “Violence and Psychosocial Risks at Work”, “Safety and Health in Global Supply Chains”, and “Capture and Use of Data on Safety and Health – How Companies and Employees can Benefit”.
New: A+A Highlight Route
The special focus of A+A 2017 will be the “Future of Work” – a theme impressively staged on the new A+A Highlight Route. Across all halls 12 exhibitors such as BORNACK, Honeywell, Uvex and IFA, the Institute for Occupational Safety of German Statutory Accident Insurance, will showcase highlights related to “Smart PPE”, “Digitalisation of Work” and “Digital Applications and Solutions” – ranging from smart respiratory and skin protection programmes through back-saving exoskeletons and medical wearables to intelligent fleet management, data glasses and sensor-controlled fall protection. With this new concept A+A provides a stage for digitalisation – the future topic that is already a given in many areas of life, let alone work. “Employees are faced with ever more complex challenges that call for a higher degree of flexibility and mobility – and with more monitoring and control,” says Birgit Horn, Director A+A, quoting representative studies. The Germany-wide survey “DGB-Index Gute Arbeit 2016” (German Trade Union Congress Index for Decent Work 2016) found that 82% of employees are influenced by digitalisation processes in their work – 60% of them to a high or very high degree.