The popular and free Health and Safety Expo is expected to draw thousands of people to TRAC in Pasco on May 12 and 13.
Hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Parking is free.
The event started 21 years ago to promote safety among Hanford workers. But now there are “more non-Hanford, than Hanford exhibitors,” said Lanette Adams, the executive sponsor.
“We like to think there is something for everyone … whether it is worker safety or home safety,” said Own Berglund, the exhibit coordinator.
The event is organized by the Department of Energy, Hanford contractors, Hanford unions and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
It draws Hanford workers. But it also attracts preschool and school field trips, families and seniors, who attend for the variety of information and handson activities. Last year 55,000 people visited the expo.
This year 171 exhibitors have signed up. Free kidney function and blood pressure checks will be offered both days. Among the booths planned are the Benton Franklin Health District hand-washing station and exhibits with information on motorcycle safety and who to call before digging on personal or business property.
Washington River Protection Solutions plans sports activities for visitors, including shooting basketballs and putting golf balls, to illustrate basic health messages.
Mission Support Alliance will bring a drunken driving simulator and provide information on computer security. PNNL also will focus on DUI prevention with a video game for visitors to play.
CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. is expected to bring its emergency response trailer used for contamination events at Hanford.
Information for seniors will cover financial and retirement planning.
Kids can participate in bicycle rodeos from 5 to 6:30 p.m. both days. Bikes will be available to fit participants from young children through teens, and each participant will be fitted with a bike safety helmet. They may keep the helmets, as supplies allow.
About 20 bikes have been donated by community members and agencies. They have been refurbished and will be given away in drawings.
A Red Cross blood drive is from 8 to 11 a.m. the first day of the expo.
The vehicle accident demonstration is back for twice-a-day shows in the arena, complete with police cars, ambulances, tow trucks and wrecked cars. They start at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Those on hand to dramatize the consequences of irresponsible driving include Washington State Patrol, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Hanford Fire Department, the Franklin County coroner, funeral homes, Pasco Auto Wrecking and Casaday Towing.