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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-255-1193, Firing Range Police Department, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
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 82-255-1193, 1982 Sep; :1-12
Potential lead (7439921) exposures to persons using the indoor firing range at the Cape Girardeau firing range, Missouri State Police Department (SIC-9221) were investigated. The Police Department requested the study which was conducted on June 16 and 17, 1982. There were four firing stations on the range. Each station was 4 feet, 3 inches wide and 8 feet high. Area and breathing zone air samples were analyzed. Samples ranged from 759 to 1520 micrograms per cubic meter of lead compared to an OSHA 8 hour time weighted average of 50 micrograms per cubic meter. The ventilation system was totally inadequate to provide sufficient air movement. The author concludes that a substantial hazard of occupational exposure to lead exists when the range is used. The author provides recommendations related to medical surveillance, ventilation, material substitutions, respiratory protection, and improved operations procedures. Biological monitoring to ascertain blood lead concentrations is of vital importance.
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