Lead does not wash away and can cause permanent problems with health, behavior, and learning. Some signs of health issues are high blood pressure, kidney damage, and fertility problems. Proper protection guidelines need strict adherence, to prevent lead from entering the human body. When dealing with contaminated land, Extensive clean-up and disposal requirements are in place for the purpose of ensuring the health and welfare of the public.
There are two main ways to treat lead contaminated soil, abatement or temporary controls. The most common treatment is abatement (or reduction). During this process, options like; removal of contaminated soil and replacement with clean soil or; permanently covering the area with concrete or asphalt, are typical. Keeping lead dust from becoming air born and causing damage to life is the main intent. When performing soil removal and replacement, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) requires that the replacement soil must consist, as closely to the local soil background lead levels as possible (no more than 400 ppm lead count). Also, soil removed cannot be used as top soil anywhere it can cause harm to life (expressly forbidden from residential areas and playgrounds). (Lead Abatement for Workers.Chapter_9)
There are temporary controls such as covering up with several inches of clean soil or planting sod. What is important to take away from this information? Lead can cause land water contamination and is extremely hazardous to your health/the environment. (Lead Abatement for Workers.Chapter_9)
If one plans on establishing a gun range, a plan to handle lead safely should already be conceived. Look at OSHA proposes $78,400 in fines to Barney’s firing range after investigation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s investigation of Barney’s firing range found 16 serious violations which put customers and employees at risk. An employee’s health complaints were actually what led to the investigation. A surprising note, as if leaving the public who visited their establishment exposed to hazardous lead conditions was not negligent enough. Barney’s, Inc. was also Barney’s Police Supply, a firing range and police supply facility in Lafayette, LA.
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