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Occupational Safety and Health
A+A 2015 in Düsseldorf: 1,887 exhibitors from 57 countries and provided information for more than 65,000 visitors (2013: 63,000)
A+A 2015 in Düsseldorf: more than 65,000 trade visitors – with large proportion of internationals
The workplace finally has a future, as companies are investing in health and safety.
The transformation of the working environment is gaining further momentum. Increasing workplace digitisation and certain demographic trends have created new challenges, but also new opportunities. Companies are facing these processes actively by investing more money in sustaining their employees’ working capacities and also in humane working conditions and routines. These are the core messages that can be derived from the development of the trade fair and from the high level of interest among exhibitors and visitors at A+A 2015.
The 30th A+A in Düsseldorf, which ran for four days (27-30 October), comprised 1,887 exhibitors from 57 countries and provided information for more than 65,000 visitors (2013: 63,000) seeking to learn about the latest trends in occupational health and safety, health promotion at work and safety and security management. This is a new record in the history of this event. 30% of all visitors were internationals, clearly indicating an increase since the last event. They came from 80 countries.
“As before, A+A has reached record numbers of exhibitors and visitors, thus reconfirming its position as a global leader among trade fairs and conventions on occupational health and safety. It is providing major stimuli on the market and in the political debate, both in Europe and beyond. It was also helpful to have so many activities in connection with this year’s partner country, South Korea,” says Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, as he sums up numerous talks with exhibitors and international delegations as well as the consistently positive responses and the good atmosphere in the exhibition halls.
A+A Trend Barometer – good momentum for exhibitors
A+A exhibitors took the opportunity to present the entire bandwidth of products and services in personal protection and in the realisation of safe and healthy working routines.
Klaus Bornack, President of the Trade Fair Committee and Managing Director of Bornack GmbH & Co. KG, believes that the industry is in a good position. He is looking forward to the new business arising from A+A: “A+A has given us some good momentum. The exhibition halls were consistently well frequented on each of the trade fair days and attracted a highly skilled audience. Moreover, the support programme delivered further important stimuli with new highlights, such as the special show on ‘Safe Rescue Operations from Heights and Depths’.”
Visitors were keen to invest and were very much interested in high-quality personal protection equipment and clothing. This was confirmed by a study on the German PPE market, submitted at A+A 2015 by the market research company macrom. According to the study, the market volume has again increased by over 4% in sectors where PPE is particularly vital, such as construction and manufacturing, reaching a total of EUR 1.8 billion over the last two years – and indeed despite stagnating payroll figures. This is about one tenth of the world’s entire market volume.
Product highlights at A+A 2015 included, for instance, gas warning systems that combine gas detectors, tracking functions and software applications. The gas status can now be visualised anywhere and at any time within a company’s premises.
When it comes to PPE items for specific parts of the body, protective clothing and workwear (with its current emphasis on corporate fashion), there is a clear trend to add an emotive appeal to the relevant messages. Modern workwear needs to look cool and is becoming more and more similar to fashionable outdoor clothing, both in shape and colour. Nevertheless, functional aspects do of course continue to be vital. Thanks to modern high-tech textiles and materials, for instance, emergency response staff can wear special protective clothing that is extremely heat-resistant and at the same time also breathable and water-repellent.
DUSSELDORF TRADE FAIR HOTELS
There are plenty of reasons to join us FOR THE A+A SAFETY AND HEALTH DUSSELDORF Trade Fair .
You will meet knowledgeable industry leaders who will address a range of topics, link informative strategies for building your business, and learn how European demographics and psychographics differ from those in the U.S.
Put simply, if you want to tap into the vital European business market, you need to be at the A+A SAFETY AND HEALTH DUSSELDORF Trade Fair and Trade Show with TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!
Visit a doctor.
Get a physical and update your vaccines. Depending on what country you are traveling to, you may need particular immunizations. Carry your medications with you on the plane so in the event your luggage is lost, you will have your daily meds on hand. Request a computerized medication list from your pharmacist in case of a medical emergency. And finally, check your insurance policy to confirm you are covered medically overseas, and if not buy travel health protection and medical evacuation insurance to be fully prepared.
Arrive at your destination country early.
Get the lay of the land by arriving a day or two before your meeting and hire a local guide to show you around. Contact the concierge at your hotel for recommendations on who to hire. Request the guide speak English so you can communicate and ask for helpful hints and tips that will be useful while you are visiting and doing business. Ask the concierge and your guide for suggestions of restaurants, coffee shops, and unique sites that are both safe and well regarded.
Give the U.S. State Department a heads up.
Notify the U.S. State Department and sign up to receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions, and be available via text or email should they need to contact you for travel alerts, natural disasters, or other emergencies. Utilize programs such as, "Stay Informed, Stay Connected, Stay Safe!" Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and refer to U.S. Passports and International Travel website for more information.
Contact your credit card company.
Nothing brings your trip to a screeching halt faster than frozen funds. Be sure to let your credit card company know when and where you'll be traveling so you can avoid the frantic call to unlock your card. Credit cards with magnetic strips are not always accepted by businesses, and some establishments do not accept credit cards at all, so make sure to carry a fair amount of local currency to avoid being caught off guard.
Make copies of important documents.
Make duplicates of the following: passport, driver's license, credit/debit cards, birth certificate, and insurance cards. Leave a set of copies at home or with someone you trust to retrieve the information. Pack another set carefully in your carry-on bag. Take a picture of your credit cards and security codes in case you need to access them immediately.
Anticipate technology challenges.
It may be difficult to find a place to charge your cell phone in the middle of the day while traveling. Consider bringing a backup solar powered battery charger. Depending on the country, you might need adaptors for your technology and electronics. Rather than bringing a suitcase full of hair tools and adaptors, invest in a less expensive hair straightener or curling iron when you arrive and use the hotel blow dryer. Even with an adaptor, some electronics can't handle the difference in voltage and will easily burn out.
Research your phone's travel capabilities.
Make a call to your cell phone company and discuss your options. I've found it worth the expense to purchase a travel calling plan when spending time abroad. Text messages and downloading any kind of data will quickly add up without a travel plan. Double check your phone settings and turn off "data fetch" for any programs on your phone that update on their own (i.e. Facebook). This will conserve your data until it's needed.
Brush up on the local language. You can test your skills using an app on your phone such as Duolingo or Google Translate. Don't underestimate a good old fashioned phrase book to get you through simple interactions. Familiarize yourself with the basics beforehand such as, "Hello," "Good-bye," "Excuse me," "My name is _____," "Nice to meet you," "Please," "Thank you," and "Where is the restroom?" to use as you go about your trip.
Photograph your luggage. Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of losing their luggage can attest that trying to describe to an airport representative what your luggage looks like (i.e. black with wheels) can be vague. A baggage claim ticket is useful, but often lost during the flight and numerous layovers. Make an effort to attach something notable to your suitcases and take a picture of your baggage with your cell phone. Now you can easily identify your luggage in the sea of black bags.
Do your homework. Cultural customs differ from country to country, and it's always prudent to be prepared before you arrive. For example, some countries encourage tipping while others do not. Some regions are close communicators while others are more reserved. It's in your best interest to know something about the culture, etiquette, religion, business values, and particular communication styles before landing on foreign soil.
TTI Travel International Trade Fair Travel Tips
Taking care of details before you depart can make the difference between a smooth trip and a traveling nightmare. Here are a few first steps to get you started on the right foot: