Stars and Stripes reported that a study published in the March issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report found out that several changes at firing ranges can potentially decrease blood lead levels.
Lead in the blood can be toxic not only to troops who use the facilities but to their family members too. Their family members can be exposed to lead, if the particles that have accumulated on the skin, equipment, and clothing during firearms training are not removed before service members enter their vehicles or homes. Lead exposure can cause brain and nervous system damage, delayed growth and development, and other health problems to children and can cause high blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, headaches, abdominal pain, etc. to adults.
The changes were made after an assessment by the Army’s Industrial Health unit found that soldiers who used the ranges were exposed to airborne lead levels more than eight times higher than the level at which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says action should be taken, the study said.
The full report including the before and after blood lead levels can be read here:
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