BITA is once again organising the Design4Safety awards which make their welcome return at IMHX 2016, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 13th-16th September.
The awards, which take place every three years, are all about designing safety into products and services with their aim being to highlight the importance of product or service design in improving safety standards. By focusing on ‘design for safety’ the awards recognise innovative thinking, regardless of the type or cost of the product or service.
All IMHX exhibitors can enter the awards, which provide the opportunity to highlight the crucial safety benefits of their individual products and services, and there are six different categories which encompass the whole materials handling industry. These are:
- Industrial Vehicles
- Racking & Storage
- Warehouse infrastructure
Entries must include: a 150-word explanation of the how the product or service improves safety or eliminates a previously unsafe approach; a high-resolution image, JPEG or GIF, up to 2MB; one additional supporting document; and links to online images or video that support the entry.
Products or services entered don’t have to be newly launched, but must be available at the time of entry and for at least six months after the awards are announced. Winning entries will be those which provide the strongest evidence of a measurable contribution to the level of safety awareness, or rate of incident reduction, achieved by the design.
The deadline for entries is 31st May 2016 and should be submitted via the form which can be found at http://imhx.net/design4safety
Winners in 2013 included Hörmann’s Fork Truck Barrier, Crown Lift Trucks’ rider powered pallet truck, and Sentry Protection Products’ Collision Sentry device, which alerts fork lift operators to potential collision risks in warehouses. Why not join them?