Garden Grove, CA, February 20th, 2015
In 2013, Assembly Bill 711 was approved by the Governor of California, which will require a complete ban on the use of lead ammunition for any hunting purposes anywhere in the state by July 1, 2019. However, this new law does not impact the use of lead bullets at California’s numerous shooting ranges.
Gun enthusiasts, law enforcement officers and soldiers regularly utilize shooting ranges and the facilities employ many workers across California. Each year, countless pounds of lead from bullets are shot at these ranges and both outdoor and indoor firing ranges can be contaminated with high levels of lead and lead dust.
Since outdoor ranges are typically built in an open area, the lead is often more widely dispersed. Despite the natural ventilation of outdoor firing ranges, personal breathing zone lead levels can exceed the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) recommended exposure limit (REL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL).
At indoor ranges, there are additional challenges since they are located in an enclosed space. NIOSH states that, “Ventilation is the most important engineering control for protection against primary lead exposure in indoor firing ranges.” Also, carpeting should not be used anywhere inside a firing range or in adjacent rooms as the accumulation of lead dust in carpets is a health hazard.
“Due to lead exposure concerns at either type of range, cleaning and maintenance work should be performed by employees who are trained in the proper techniques of exposure control and personal protective equipment,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Inhalation concerns and even the process of simply loading guns and magazines and discarding spent casings can cause contact with lead. At LA Testing, we offer quick and affordable testing solutions to identify the presence of lead at shooting ranges to help ensure that workers and visitors are not being exposed to this toxic metal.”
LA Testing has sponsored an educational video about lead exposure risks at shooting ranges that can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/OmjzmbbPxk0.
To learn more about lead testing services or other environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for food testing and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.