MASC 2009 set to be bigger and better

Tuesday February 17, 2009
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TORONTO, Ont. - Last year's Health and Safety Canada conference featured the launch of the first-ever Machine Automation Safety Congress (MASC), a joint initiative by Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine, Manufacturing AUTOMATION magazine, and new online resource This year's MASC 2009 pavilion will be even bigger and better, with a new centralized location.

magazine and Manufacturing AUTOMATION magazine will also be hosting sessions at the event to discuss machine safety laws and technology.

On the side of the law, a panel moderated by COS magazine editor Mari-Len De Guzman, will explore the legal obligations of machine safety. Renowned industry experts, including Cheryl Edwards, a partner at Heinan Blaikie, Wayne DeL'Orme, with the Ministry of Labour, and Simon Fridlyand, president of S.A.F.E. Engineering Inc., will be on hand to discuss the legal side of machine safety. The panel will take place on April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The safety and technology panel, moderated by Manufacturing AUTOMATION editor Mary Del Ciancio, will explore how new technologies are making a difference in workers' safety. Health and safety professionals will have the chance to interact with leading technology experts - Bill Valedis, president of Imperial Automation Training; Walter Veugen, founder of Veugen Integrated Technologies; John Murphy, Machine Guarding and Safety Specialist, Vickers-Warnick Ltd; and Allen Rutherford, P.Eng, Applications Engineer with Bosch Rexroth Canada - for insights on using modern tools for safer machines. This session will take place on April 21, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

As part of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association's (IAPA) conference and trade show event, the MASC pavilion and exhibit area will feature special hands-on demonstrations where leading suppliers of machine automation safety and safeguarding will showcase their products and answer questions from delegates. For more information on the MASC 2009 pavilion, visit

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