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April 2017: Safety in the Age of Automation Featured

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Date & Time: Tuesday 11 April2017 at 12:00pm
Venue: Level 1, 333 Queen Street Melbourne (AMS Consulting Group)

Safety in the Age of Automation - Mark Letman

Automation is rapidly affecting everything from the agricultural and manufacturing sectors to the healthcare industry.
For an insight into what automation can mean for safety procedures and related workplace arrangements, Mark Letman of Pacific Brands will talk on Tuesday, 11 April about recent major changes at Pacific Brand’s giant national warehouse. Pacific Brands manufactures and sells consumer products that include Bonds underwear and Sheridan sheets.
Mark is Safety & Wellbeing Business Lead for the division which has recently automated some of the key procedures for picking and packing orders in its 43,000 square metre warehouse in Truganina.
Mark’s experience is that the move to automation has had some positive effects on working conditions.
“The automation’s taken away a lot of the hard slog and legwork in the warehouse, and it’s become a joint activity between employees and the machine,” he says.
But it has also brought challenges in introducing employees to new work practices. This includes safety requirements when working with machines for the first time.

About the Speaker
Mark Letman joined Pacific Brands 27 years ago and has worked in logistics, freight management, manufacturing and management roles. He started working in safety12 years ago, after his interest in the field was stirred by his experience as a member of the site’s emergency response team.

NOTE: This presentation will be followed by a short AGM for the Central; Safety Group. Members of the CSG and others interested are invited to attend.

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