About 60,000 people are expected to click through the turnstiles at the 2011 Health and Safety Expo at TRAC in Pasco on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The expo, sponsored by Hanford contractors and other agencies, draws a crowd that ranges from Hanford workers to families who get tips about safety at work, at home and on the road. There is no charge to attend or park.
The bicycle rodeo is back from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. both days. Kids can ride a course on supplied bikes and learn biking safety tips, including how to use hand signals.
Kennewick Cycle and Fitness has done safety checks on 25 bikes recovered by Tri-City area police agencies that will be given away. In addition the Safe Kids Coalition will give away 200 bike helmets to keep kids safe.
New this year are safe driving and personal safety classes. Advance registration is preferred by calling 376-9604 or emailing Pamela_L_Newell@rl.gov.
The Safe Driving Class will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. both days with instructor Rudy Almeida of the Hanford Patrol. It's useful for any driver, but it may be particularly helpful for teenagers just learning to drive, said Jenny Morris of CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. and a lead organizer of the expo.
The Personal Safety Class, with self-defense tips, also will be taught by a Hanford Patrol officer and will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. each day.
The Vehicle Crash Demonstration will be at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day with a fire truck, ambulance, tow truck and wrecked cars in the TRAC arena to play out a scenario of what happens when emergency workers are called to the scene of an accident. Don't expect a happy ending since Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel will be on hand.
The expo will have more than 200 vendors and exhibits this year, with information on eye care, good eating habits, back care, boating safety, motorcycle safety, home safety, firearm safety and personal protective equipment for job sites.
The Washington State Patrol is expected to bring beer goggles to demonstrate impaired driving. Other booths will offer driving simulators to show the effects of distracted driving.
Employees of most Hanford contractors are required to visit the expo, but it's also popular with day care and school groups because of the many hands-on activities geared toward children. It's also a chance for children of Hanford employees to learn about what their parents do at work, said Owen Berglund of Washington River Protection Solutions and a key organizer of the expo.
Sponsors are Energy Northwest, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington Closure Hanford, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., Washington River Protection Solutions, Mission Support Alliance and Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International.
The expo is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.