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Preventing occupational exposures to lead and noise at indoor firing ranges.

Authors
Kardous-CA; King-BF; Khan-A; Whelan-EA; Tubbs-RL; Barsan-ME; Crouch-KG; Murphy-WJ; Willson-RD; Esswein-EJ; Boeniger-MF
Source
NIOSH 2009 Apr; :1-25
NIOSHTIC No.
20035346
Abstract
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requests help in preventing injury and illness in workers at indoor firing ranges in the United States. Workers are potentially exposed to hazardous amounts of lead and noise at these ranges. They include thousands of employees at the firing ranges as well as more than a million Federal, State, and local law officers who train regularly at these facilities. In addition to workers, 20 million active target shooters are potentially exposed to lead and noise hazards at indoor firing ranges. This Alert presents five case reports that document lead and noise exposures of law enforcement officers and students. The Alert examines firing range operations, exposure assessment and control methods, existing regulations, and exposure standards and guidelines. NIOSH requests that the recommendations in this Alert be brought to the attention of all firing range owners, operators, workers, and users as well as safety and health officials, industry associations, unions, and editors of trade journals.
Keywords
Noise-analysis; Noise-control; Noise-exposure; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Impulse-noise; Law-enforcement-workers; Work-environment; Police-officers; Auditory-system; Dosimetry; Sound; Soundproofing; Noise-measurement; Environmental-control; Noise-levels; Lead-dust; Heavy-metals; Engineering-controls; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment; Control-methods; Exposure-assessment; Noise
CAS No.
7439-92-1
Publication Date
20090401
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Alert
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
PB2009-109531
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2009-136
NIOSH Division
DART; DSHEFS; EID; OD; WSO
Priority Area
Construction; Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; CO
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