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With health and safety forever ingrained in the mind, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility and Voluntary Protection Program are hosting the third annual Summer Health and Safety Expo on Wednesday.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, in Building 502 (the old gym) and nearby sports field. The expo will provide civilian employees, Navy personnel and their families with base access, the opportunity to learn more about incorporating safety and health into their lives. The event is free.

“The summer months are historically the time when we experience the highest number of injuries,” said PSNS & IMF Public Affairs Specialist Katie Eberling. “This expo gives us all an opportunity to stop, take a deep breath, and reaffirm our commitment to safety at home as well as at work.”

Designed to increase safety awareness and promote participation in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program, the event exhibits an informative and festive celebration of living a healthier, safer life.

Individuals in attendance will have the opportunity to speak with any of the more than 50 safety and health specialists. The expo will include popular returning vendors such as the Washington State Patrol with their “drunk goggles,” Puget Sound Energy with a live power display and Naval Hospital where representatives will conduct blood pressure screenings. The event also will have an onsite barbecue and live music entertainment.

“Local musical groups who have at least one member working at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility will be performing,” Eberling added.

Newcomers to the expo will include the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Kitsap Optometric, Olympic Ambulatory Surgery Center, YMCA and 3-D Etc. Inc. Various exhibits will focus on safety specialties such as gun and motorcycle safety, nutrition and ergonomics.

“The Voluntary Protection Program committees have worked hard to secure a number of safety professionals who will share safety tips on a variety of topics,” Eberling said.

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