The global occupational safety and health sector is a comprehensive and cohesive network of organizations, professionals, and stakeholders working to ensure workplace safety and the well-being of employees worldwide. This sector is critical for reducing and handling workplace accidents, injuries, and illnesses for a safer and healthier workplace environment.
Global organizations such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) play an instrumental role in setting international labor standards and strategizing workers' health and safety on a global scale. The industry primarily focuses on educating workers, safety professionals, and managers about safety protocols, hazard identification, emergency response, and other safety-related topics.
According to the UN, every year around 2.78 million workers die due to occupational accidents and work-related diseases whereas 374 million workers undergo non-fatal occupational accidents. In conclusion, almost 7,500 people die due to unsafe and unhealthy working conditions every day. These statistics predict that not a lot of attention is given to occupational health and safety around the world and there is a major need for proper occupational health policies and systems.
The market size in terms of revenue of the occupational health industry in the US was recorded as $10.9 billion in 2022. The market size showed an increase of about 4.3% in 2022 and per year market size growth of 5.6% between 2017 and 2022. The industry provides assistance and advice to companies to ensure the safety and health of their employees and a conducive work environment. Occupational health and safety providers offer various services such as training, outreach, occupational hazard evaluation, workplace safety, and health training, facility design reviews, and indoor air quality evaluations.
The global occupational health and safety industry caters to assist in all aspects of workplace safety and health. Various exhibitions are held year-round to introduce the latest technical innovations and workplace safety techniques/strategies. Here are some of the most important exhibitions you can attend to discover the latest developments in this industry:
Arbeitsschutz Aktuell: A comprehensive and diverse occupational health and safety exhibition held in Stuttgart, Germany. Many national and international occupational safety companies come together at the event and introduce their products and work safety plans. The focal points of the trade show are at work/PPE, safety at work, occupational road safety, work health, and hygiene practices, etc.
A-OSH Expo: Africa’s largest and complete occupational safety and health trade show that covers the entire value chain of the industry. The event provides a great chance to meet national and international companies specializing in OSH strategies and products. The event lasts for 3 days and takes place in South Africa.
BHPexpo: An advanced and innovative trade show held for the occupational safety and health industry in Warsaw, Poland. The event provides a unique opportunity for discovering the latest trends in work safety products, equipment, and techniques. The exhibition lasts for 3 days and allows organizations to meet experts in the OSH industry and learn about the latest developments.
WorkSafe Gorinchem: An educational OSH industry trade show held in the Netherlands focusing on trends and technologies that enable a safe and healthy work environment. The major themes of the show are explosion protection, disaster prevention, PPE, safety techniques, and consultation. Numerous national and international companies exhibit their equipment and work safety and health strategies.
Ambiente Lavoro: One of the most prominent trade shows in Europe and Italy’s largest exhibition for health and safety at the workplace. The event covers all the elements of workplace safety from electrical safety to collapse-free infrastructure, first-aid measures, and much more. The event takes place in Bologna, Italy, and lasts for 3 days.
ISAF Safety & Health: A reputable trade show organized to promote and endorse the concept of occupational safety and health. Various segments related to workplace safety and a healthy work environment are covered in the event. Products and services related to various aspects of workplace safety such as PPE, workplace clothes and uniforms, equipment for construction laborers, traffic safety, health control software, etc. The event takes place in Istanbul, Turkey at Istanbul Expo Center.
The occupational health and safety sector is experiencing steady growth and providing solutions for different purposes. There is a vast range of sectors involved in the work safety and health sector. The sectors that participate in occupational safety exhibitions include construction safety, industrial safety, healthcare safety, office and commercial safety, food industry safety gear, emergency response and disaster management, safety training, and education, mental health, health insurance, workplace safety software, etc. These sectors provide services for both outdoor and indoor office spaces to ensure the safety and well-being of employees at all times.