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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-088-1324, Moline Police Department Indoor Range, Moline, Illinois.
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 83-088-1324, 1983 Jun; :1-11
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for inorganic lead (7439921) at the Moline Police Department indoor firing range (SIC-8081), Moline, Illinois, in February 1983. The request was made because of concern for the exposure of police officers to smoke from firearms in the range. The air samples, collected while each police officer fired 54 rounds of ammunition, showed time weighted average lead concentrations of 2760 to 17500 micrograms per cubic meter (microg/m3). The OSHA standard is 50microg/m3. The ventilation system was examined and air flow samples were taken. These showed that the ventilation system was totally ineffective in preventing lead exposure. The authors conclude that the police officers were exposed to hazardous concentrations of lead. A potentially serious problem also exists because airborne lead from the firing range can enter the building ventilation system. They recommend that the range have its own ventilation system, that there be a minimum down range air velocity of 35 feet per minute, and that the use of nonlead or copper jacketed bullets be considered.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Toxicology; Employee-exposure; Toxic-effects; Air-sampling; HETA-83-088-1324; Author Keywords: Lead; Indoor Firing Ranges
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