Convention NewsFollowing the opening of the online registration in July 2014, exhibitor applications for A+A 2015, International Trade Fair with Congress for Safety, Security and Health at Work, have been received at a steady rate. “The last A+A staging attracted a record number of 63,500 trade visitors from nearly 70 countries, impressively establishing A+A as the number one tradeshow on occupational health and safety. This figure helped to convince the majority of A+A 2013 exhibitors to signal their interest in the 2015 event right away,” stated Birgit Horn, Director of A+A. The trade fair will be held from October 27 – 30, 2015 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

In addition to registering under specific thematic areas – Personal Protection, Corporate Security and Occupational Health – exhibitors can also participate in theme parks and special presentation platforms that will form part of the trade show. These will include the A+A Fashion Show (on corporate fashion), the Safety & Security Innovation Park (innovative products and solutions for industrial and occupational safety), the special show “Workplace Design” (innovations in workplace design and in office and production ergonomics), the Corporate Health Plaza (special area for occupational health promoters) and the Occupational Health and Safety Meeting Point (special show presented by members of Basi, the Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health, and its national and international partners).    

A+A Congress/Call for Papers

As in the past, Basi’s A+A Congress will be a major element of the A+A 2015 program. Papers can be submitted online at Basi is inviting corporate players, social service providers, research organizations, associations and institutions to contribute talks to the A+A Congress. The submission deadline is October 31, 2014.

The following thematic areas will be highlighted at the Congress:

* Workplace analysis and design

* Hazards and strains in the workplace environment

* Technology and preventative healthcare

* Mental and physical health at work

* Strategies, skills and professions in workplace design

* Social and socio-political developments and debates

Partner country: South Korea

South Korea will be next year’s partner country. An agreement has been signed between Messe Düsseldorf and the Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency (KOSHA). 

“24 million employees, highly developed industrial processes and the goal to obtain the best possible competitive edge and productivity in all sectors of the economy – these are signs of an attractive market for suppliers of personal protection products and solutions in the occupational health and safety sector,” said Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf.

Birgit Horn, Director of A+A 2015, added: “Not only does South Korea pursue a highly ambitious sociopolitical agenda in seeking to implement safe and productive workplaces within its own borders. It also sees itself as a pioneer in preventative health and safety precautions and is committed to numerous projects supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in other countries within the region such as Myanmar.”   

A+A 2015 will feature a Korean group exhibit, welcome a high-ranking political delegation from the Republic of Korea and offer a dialogue forum for the training of security staff as well as  improving communication between supervisory authorities, advisory institutions and commercial enterprises. In addition, an information event will be held for suppliers of personal protection equipment to learn about regulations and certification issues affecting the imports of their products.

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