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One Month to Go: CIOSH THAILAND 2024 to Transform PPE Market

Messe Düsseldorf Asia, together with joint partners Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai and China Textile Commerce Association, has set the clock for the final countdown to Thailand’s first dedicated PPE trade exhibition – CIOSH THAILAND 2024.  The China International Occupational Safety & Health Goods Expo (CIOSH) will commence next month at BITEC, Bangkok, at Halls EH103-104, from June 5 to 7, 2024.

Building on the rich legacy of over 40 years established by CIOSH Shanghai, first established in 1966, CIOSH THAILAND aims to be a pivotal PPE sourcing platform for Thailand and neighboring countries. The 3-day exhibition will showcase over 3,000 innovative PPE products and safety equipment from some 300 leading international manufacturers from countries such as China, Germany, Spain, Singapore, and others. As part of the renowned A+A portfolio representing the premier global event for personal protection, occupational safety, and health at work, held in Germany and organised by Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, CIOSH THAILAND aims to raise workplace safety standards in Thailand.

          With the well-established OS+H ASIA – Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition for Asia held in Singapore and organised by Messe Düsseldorf Asia, now into its 14th edition, this makes CIOSH THAILAND the second Southeast Asian destination for the A+A portfolio.

            “We are delighted to expand our expertise and experience in the area of workplace safety solutions by introducing CIOSH THAILAND here in Bangkok, which will serve as a comprehensive procurement platform for industry professionals to source a wide range of PPE solutions to raise workplace safety,” said Gernot Ringling, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf Asia. He added, “The launch of CIOSH THAILAND is not just an expansion of our geographical footprint in the region; it is a strategic response to the increasing demand for innovative and high-quality safety products, equipment, and solutions in Thailand.”

            Thailand was the location of choice in Southeast Asia in addition to Singapore, due to its strategic relevance and position as the manufacturing hub of the region. CIOSH THAILAND also comes at a pivotal time as the importance of workplace safety in Thailand continues to rise against the backdrop of rapid industrialisation driven by growth in key sectors such as construction, oil and gas, automotive, and healthcare – industries that are major drivers for the PPE market. According to latest industry reports, the region’s PPE market size was valued at US$4.43 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach US$8.12 billion in 6 years’ time.

          Ringling emphasized, “As the industrial sectors in Southeast Asia continue to expand, the need for effective PPE and safety equipment will also increase. We are committed to providing a one-stop marketplace and enhancing the understanding and adoption of PPE and workplace safety standards in Thailand and the broader region.”

            Commenting on safety standards in the industry, Aknit Samitapintu President of Procurement and Supply Chain Management Association of Thailand (PSCMT) said; “Many organisations view these safety devices as a cost. Therefore, buyers must have a thorough understanding of the total cost. Investing in equipment to prevent accidents is cost-effective because the potential damage from an accident can be very high. Procurers play both direct and indirect roles as we purchase these devices for practical use. We can establish safety conditions for contractors to meet and encourage our suppliers to adhere to safety standards and the use of personal protective equipment required by law. Furthermore, the selection of suitable and standardised equipment has already been made. This may foster various activities with suppliers, adding value to the relationships between procurement and suppliers.”

            Echoing similar sentiments Surachet Singam, Vice President of the Building Inspectors Association (BSA) said building standards and safety are fundamental to the real estate and construction industry. “From the selection of materials and equipment to construction and maintenance plans, our focus is on ensuring the safety of building users and preventing future losses of life and property. These are essential standards mandated by the Building Control Act of 1979, which include criteria for the stability and strength of buildings, indoor service systems like fire protection, wastewater treatment, and elevator systems, as well as building safety management systems. For over two decades, the Association of Building Inspectors, comprising engineers and architects, has been dedicated to transferring knowledge and enhancing capabilities. We aim to elevate building safety standards across Thailand, where currently over 100 experts are actively engaged.” 

Highlights @ CIOSH THAILAND 2024

          Extensive product range serving various industries: The exhibition will present a wide-ranging and extensive display of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products and gear. This includes heat protective clothing and high-visibility attire to firefighting suits and equipment for work at heights. Attendees will also find specialised chemical and cut-resistant gloves, along with flame-retardant textiles. The international exhibitor line-up includes BSD GmbH (Germany), known for their innovative electrical safety gear; Durasafe Pte Ltd (Singapore), which provides a full spectrum of protective equipment; and Showa Gloves Co. (Japan), specialists in advanced hand protection solutions. Additionally, key contributions from leading Chinese manufacturers such as Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co., Ltd., known for their respiratory safety products, and Jiangsu Hanvo Safety Product Co., Ltd., with their extensive range of safety gloves, highlight the global reach and expertise present at the event.

          Live demonstrations and up close and personal sessions: Presenting some of the best and innovative solutions, attendees to the exhibition can also experience expert demonstrations such as Fall Protection & Aerial Work Protection, where the latest safety technologies will be featured, providing first-hand insight into their effectiveness and application.

            Safety Consultation Clinic: A signature initiative by the Safety Engineering Association of Thailand, will offer complimentary safety consultation sessions throughout the 3-days. These sessions will cover various PPE categories, from risk assessment to Hazmat suits, ensuring that all industry attendees receive expert advice and recommendations tailored to their specific needs. Managed by seasoned consultants, attendees will be introduced to relevant exhibitors with quality international safety standards such as ISO, ANSI, BS, or EURONORM.

            According to Channarong Waiyapoj, Secretary of the Safety Engineering Association of Thailand: “Previous personal protective equipment (PPE) was designed and developed using advanced technology and has passed quality inspections and standards. This PPE is comfortable to wear, providing confidence and safety from head to toe. However, limited access to this equipment has resulted in numerous fatalities among personnel, particularly in the construction and public health sectors. To address these concerns, we have launched the Safety Consultation Clinic at CIOSH THAILAND 2024. This initiative aims to enhance the security and preparedness of the industrial sector to meet future safety challenges, and to demonstrate the accurate, appropriate use of PPE in various situations.”

            Online visitor registration for CIOSH THAILAND 2024 is now open. Entry is free for all trade professionals. To register, go to: www.ciosh-thailand.com

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