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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-195-1200, U.S. Secret Service, Washington, D.C.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 82-195-1200, 1982 Oct; :1-11
The possible health hazards to United States Secret Service officers of exposure to airborne lead (7439921) during the use of an indoor firing range (SIC-922), Washington, D.C., and Beltsville, Maryland were investigated. The Safety Division of the Department of Treasury requested the study which was performed on May 5, 1982. Four shooters at the Beltsville Range were exposed to an 8 hour average (TWA) lead concentration of 38 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3). During a 25 minute period they were exposed to a mean concentration of 720microg/m3. Two shooters at the Washington range were exposed to concentrations of lead ranging from nondetectable to 18microg/m3. One shooter was exposed to a copper TWA of 33.6microg/m3. The author concludes that a potential hazard from overexposure to lead did exist. However, the officers would rarely shoot on a daily basis, and ventilation design appeared adequate for normal use. Recommendations for limiting the use of lead bullets and improving ventilation are provided.
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