12/12/2002

A+A 2003 in Düsseldorf brackets safety and security

A+A 2003 in Düsseldorf brackets safety and security

The market sees new prospects in the wider sweep


The new concept for A+A 2003, International Trade Fair for Safety and Health at Work/Personal Protective Equipment and Occupational Safety (27 to 30 October) is attracting keen interest in the market. Alongside safety-at-work aspects, the revised exhibit list for the sector's global No. 1 event highlights security topics including facility protection and property safeguarding.

Summing up many positive talks, Marianne Hohenschutz, Project Director of A+A, agrees with colleagues in the sales team that: "Companies see a huge potential in the topic merge. On the product technology front, workforce safety and capital and property security often coincide. And for a long time now, safety experts — as the A+A core target group — have drawn no firm line between the two spheres."

Focus on fire protection and property safeguards
A+A 2003 will, for instance, give more weight to fire protection (fire alarms, escape systems, fire extinguishing systems, equipment, fire protection systems security). This area is a prime example of how safety and security interface. Early smoke detection, immediate and safe evacuation of premises as well as prompt fire extinguishing with the aid of appropriate equipment and automated systems help prevent or, in the worst case, minimise both casualties and damage to property. This puts enormous demands on products (which are also subject to stringent laws and strict legal requirements). As A+A 2003 will show, manufacturers are responding in full to safety experts' demands by supplying closing and escape systems in line with both fire protection and property safeguarding. In the case of a smoke alarm, access controlled door systems in entrance areas can, for instance, be opened through automatically operating routines in line with modern fire protection technology. At the same time, doors in other parts of the building close (while still allowing access), to prevent toxic smoke from spreading unchecked.

Aside from fire hazards, A+A 2003 will also focus on property protection installations (especially in the light of increased demand following 11 September 2001), with the main emphasis on gases, steams and warfare agents monitoring. When toxic or explosive gases are detected, the installations automatically trigger protective measures for both the building and people within it: Ventilation plants are deactivated and shut down by emergency closure valves so that the gas cannot spread through the ventilation system servicing the entire building. Simultaneously, a report to the building control center will activate other measures, some automated, through to evacuation of the building sections concerned.

Other interfaces: conservation in the workplace and production
Two other spheres underscoring how personal safety on the one hand and capital and property protection on the other can interface are conservation in the workplace and production monitoring. The correct disposal of hazardous substances or working materials that would require special treatment before relooping is governed by strict legal regulations. It follows that the risk entailed in handling and storing these materials calls for safe appliances, processes and special services — as showcased at A+A 2003. Exhibiting companies are also looking to increased demand prospects in the field of malfunction prevention during production, especially as regards automation systems suitable for monitoring (sensor technology, video technology, measurement and control systems as well as malfunction alert systems).

In the light of keen interest among security experts in topics such as fault detection, malfunction management and also disposal, some items on the A+A exhibit list have been expanded and new focuses added. The segments comprising next year's flagship event for personal protective equipment and safety at work include safety in the workplace (personal protective equipment, safe appliances and installations etc.), health at work (including industrial medicine, environmental and travel medicine), high-risk prevention (fire protection, management of dangerous substances, safety during transport etc.), environmental protection at work (including noise reduction, site remediation/soil purification, air pollution control), avoidance of damage to property and quality reduction, and measurement technology for the prevention of malfunction.