A total of 4,299 visitors from 36 countries came to the recent staging of OS+H Asia 2008, 6th Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition for Asia, in Singapore, according to a recent press release. This marks the highest visitor participation ever since the show’s premiere in 1998, and the number of attendees almost doubled compared to the first event where 2,157 visitors took part. This clearly indicates the growing need for an event dedicated specifically to the occupational safety and health sector.

OS+H Asia 2008 featured the latest equipment and technologies presented by 112 exhibitors and brands from 17 countries. The event was supported by the National Safety Council of Singapore and the Workplace Safety and Health Council. As in the past, MEDICAL FAIR ASIA - International Exhibition on Hospital, Pharmaceutical, Medical & Rehabilitation Equipment & Supplies, was held concurrently.

“The choice of Singapore as the Asian venue for OS+H Asia shows that we are well poised to play a key role in the region’s safety and health development and movement. Positioning Singapore in a regional leadership role goes hand in hand with our goal to achieve one of the best safety records in the world by 2018. The Workplace Safety and Health Council counts on our partnership with many organizations — including Messe Düsseldorf — to engage more groups to work towards this goal. OS+H Asia is an important platform that will continue to play a strong role in our efforts,” explained Samuel Tso, executive director of the Workplace Safety and Health Council.

“We are pleased to provide all involved in occupational safety and health in Asia with the most comprehensive and influential platform, and we expect even greater growth in the future in connection with creating a safer and healthier workplace,” commented Gernot Ringling, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf Asia, the organizer of the event.

OS+H Asia 2008 received positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors. According to a survey, 84% of the attendees were pleased with the range of products and services on display. About 70% were likely to place an order and 66% indicated that they will place their orders at the exhibition or within one year.

Geneva Chin, assistant marketing manager at Brady Corporation Asia Pte. Ltd., was very pleased with the show’s results: “OSH Asia is a good platform for brand awareness and meeting new customers. We received a lot of inquiries from Thailand and Malaysia. There were also many inquiries from the government agencies in Singapore.”

Tammy Lee, general manager of LSH Solutions Pte. Ltd., agreed: “There was more publicity for OS+H Asia 2008 than in previous years. As a result, there was a visible increase not just in the quantity but also in the quality of the visitors. LSH Solutions’ main objectives in exhibiting at OS+H Asia were to introduce new product developments and to meet new customers. We have achieved our objectives and are very pleased with our participation.”

“The turnout was much better compared to the previous exhibition two years ago and it was also better organized. We saw more visitors at our booth and had more inquiries,” added Barry Sim, sales manager of MSA S.E. Asia Pte. Ltd.

OS+H Asia will return to Singapore in 2010. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at OS+H Asia 2010, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:info@mdna.com. Or visit the Web sitewww.mdna.com.