Environmental Professionals Share Information about Lead Poisoning Risks at Shooting Ranges
Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provides lead testing and consulting services to protect the public and workers from lead hazards.
At CSC, our environmental and building science professionals provide lead consulting and testing services at shooting ranges to help ensure that workers and people that utilize these facilities are not being exposed to high levels of lead and lead dusts.”
There are an estimated 9,000 non-military outdoor firing ranges and approximately 16,000 to 18,000 indoor ranges operating in the United States according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The U.S. military alone operates more than 3,000 indoor firing ranges.
Millions of law enforcement officers, soldiers and gun enthusiasts regularly visit shooting ranges and the facilities employee tens of thousands of workers. Each year, millions of pounds of lead from bullets are fired at shooting ranges and both outdoor and indoor ranges can be contaminated with high levels of lead and lead dusts.
Despite the natural ventilation of outdoor firing ranges, personal breathing zone lead levels can exceed the NIOSH recommended exposure limit (REL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL). Indoor ranges have additional challenges and NIOSH states that, “Ventilation is the most important engineering control for protection against primary lead exposure in indoor firing ranges.”
“The use of lead bullets at shooting ranges can cause exposure risks to this heavy metal for both the people that visit these facilities and those who work there,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark. “Employees of these facilities are often at greatest risk and even basic tasks like cleaning and maintenance work should be performed by workers that have been trained in the proper techniques of exposure control and personal protective equipment (PPE). At CSC, our environmental and building science professionals provide lead consulting and testing services at shooting ranges to help ensure that workers and people that utilize these facilities are not being exposed to high levels of lead and lead dusts.”
CSC recently sponsored an educational video about lead exposure risks and shooting ranges that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/OmjzmbbPxk0
To learn more about lead, ventilation, indoor air quality, environmental, health and safety services, please visit www.csceng.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 807-1118.
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address environmental, IAQ, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.
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