A+A 2013, International Trade Fair with Congress for Safety, Security and Health at Work, is experiencing continued growth: with 613,500 square feet of exhibit space by the beginning of December 2012, exhibitor registration already reached the record figure of the previous year (A+A 2011).
Words fail at times like this – another garment factory fire in Bangladesh; 112 dead and 150 injured; another round of despair and anguish for the workers and their families; another round of denials by international garment brands that they bear any responsibility; another round of promises by the brands and their contractors that they will “do better” while refusing to acknowledge that it is their “profits first and foremost” production system that has led to fire after fire after fire.
Andriy Skipalskyi was feeling proud, even triumphant, when he arrived last March at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore. Ukraine’s parliament had just voted to approve a public smoking ban, and its president had just signed a bill to outlaw tobacco advertising and promotion. These were revolutionary steps in chain-smoking Eastern Europe.
Monthly safety courses for subcontractors and OSHA 10-hour training for all workers formed the backbone of a strategy that allowed contractor Odebrecht-OHL to construct a two million-man-hour project at Miami International Airport without a single lost time accident.
In a rare show of approval for the Obama administration, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it's pleased with the president's recently issued executive order on international regulatory cooperation. The watchdog group Public Citizen, however, calls the order a "smokescreen" meant to appease big business.
The exhibits of the expected 150 international exhibitors at OS+H Asia 2012, 8th Occupational Safety & Health Exhibition for Asia, will be supported by the 2nd Singapore WSH Conference and the Forum on Safety & Health.