When designing and constructing an indoor shooting range, there is a major focus on proper ventilation. Firearm emission and lead exposure is a health concern. Indoor shooting ranges use the best ventilation systems to ensure that there is no emissions and most importantly, no lead exposure. Even though indoor ranges are designed with some of the best ventilation systems, it is always wise to take every precaution and look for ways to protect yourself while at the range. Shooting Range Industries would like to share how to take those extra steps in protecting yourself and others from lead poisoning and hearing damages.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Standards
When at the range, there are many situations you must consider so as to protect yourself from hazardous elements. For those who may work or visit an indoor shooting range, the two constant exposures you will face is lead and noise. To ensure the health and safety of everyone at the range, NIOSH issued a set of guide lines to help reduce the exposure of lead and noise at the range.
Lead Exposure from Shooting Range
While the ventilation systems are designed to remove lead and emission inside the range, it is good to know how to identify lead poisoning. Lead exposure isn’t a major concern for those who may visit the range, but more of those who work at ranges. Employees, range, and safety officers, are those one who are at higher risk. At a gun range, lead dust from the firearms can be inhaled or even contact the skin. If lead dust contacts the hands, there is a risk of consuming the lead when eating. Lead dust can cause lead poisoning and elevate the lead levels in the blood. Because lead dust can lead to lead poisoning, it is important to take the proper steps in protecting yourself. NIOSH recommends that those who work or visit gun ranges follow these guidelines to reduce the chances of lead poisoning:
– Wear long sleeves, pants and shoes when at the gun range. Reduce the amount of exposed skin and change your clothes when leaving the range. Make sure the clothing you wear to the range is washed before reuse.
– Wear eye protection and gloves. The dust can contact the hands and even get in the eyes. Always wear proper eye protection and gloves.
– After leaving the range make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before eating or drinking. Also avoid touching other people as the lead dust can transfer to other people.
Signs of Lead Poisoning
By following these basic guidelines you can reduce any chances of lead poisoning to yourself and others. It is both important to prevent and detect lead poisoning. If you or any other person is exposed to lead poisoning you will need to seek medical attention. The common symptoms of lead poisoning are:
• Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
• Loss of Appetite and Weight loss
• Anemia and or Kidney Problems
• Lethargy or Hyperactivity
• Abdominal Pain
Ringing in Ears Last After Shooting a Gun?
Hearing damage not only affects your ability to hear, but it can also affect your health. Hearing damage can lead to tinnitus, stress, anxiety, chronic fatigue, elevated blood pressure, and gastro intestinal problems. For those visiting a gun range make sure to wear ear protection. Those who work in a gun range has much more exposure, so they should wear double ear protection. Wear both ear plugs and ear phones to ensure your ear drums are protected.
Custom Shooting Ranges with Safety Equipment & Ventilation
Shooting Range Industries invests a lot of time in designing and building safe indoor shooting ranges. However, please take the steps needed to ensure your safety. For quality range design and more, contact Shooting Range Industries today.