Shooting range owners are concerned about the lead exposure by their staff and shooters, but most of them overlook safety measures, that are indispensable to reduce lead exposure and poisoning. Lead sulfuric primers and bullets made of lead are primarily used in most of the shooting ranges, and when shooters fire, lead along with other chemicals in the primers get exposed. Besides, the lead particles are released from the bullet impacts on metal targets. It is necessary to implement firing range cleanup techniques to reduce the risks caused by lead exposure. Lead levels in the shooting ranges should be tested and if any issue arises, it should be addressed quickly.
Effective ways to prevent lead exposure
Range Owners and Range Managers would need to adopt, shooting range cleanup methods, good housekeeping practices and personal hygiene on a daily basis to reduce the risk of lead exposure. By following best practices, you are offering a safe shooting environment for staff and shooters.
$ · In order to reduce airborne lead in the shooting range, it is wise to use jacketed ammunition, if possible with non-lead primers.
$ · Shooting ranges should have exclusive and good ventilation system, otherwise the gun smoke will not go away. Unlike a general exhaust ventilation, an exclusive ventilation system paves way for the air to move across all the shooting booths to carry the smoke and lead particles away.
$ · To remove lead materials from the range, use vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or wet-mopping. Dry sweeping is not recommended.
· The debris tray should be carefully emptied inside a closed plastic bag, so that the atmosphere will remain clean.
$ · Make sure you do not eat, drink or smoke inside a shooting range.
$ · After shooting or cleaning firearms, always wash your hands and forearms with soapy water. Don’t use hot water as it will open the skin pores.
$ · Before leaving the firing range, it is recommended to wash or change the clothes and shoes.
$ · When you clean the firearms, always wear gloves and eye protection.
$ · If you are someone who uses the shooting range regularly for shooting or for shooting range maintenance then you should have your lead level checked.
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