Indoor Firing Ranges
Indoor firing ranges are popular among law enforcement and recreational shooters because they offer protection from inclement weather conditions and can be operated around the clock under controlled environmental conditions. However, many firing range facilities lack environmental and occupational controls to protect the health of shooters and range personnel from effects of airborne lead, noise, and other potential exposures.
This page provides links to information about the evaluation, measurement, and control of noise and airborne lead exposures at indoor firing ranges.
- Lead Hazards: Protecting Workers at Indoor Firing Ranges OSHA Fact Sheet (Publication 3772), (June 2018)
- Lead Exposure: Protecting Workers at Indoor Firing Ranges OSHA QuickCard™ (Publication 3771), (June 2018)
- Indoor Firing Ranges and Elevated Blood Lead Levels — United States, 2002–2013
- Lead Management and OSHA Compliance for Indoor Shooting Ranges
- OSHA cites Henry RAC Holding Corp, a small arms manufacturer, $72,000 for exposing workers to lead and noise
- OSHA cites Illinois Gun Works $111,000 for exposing workers to noise and lead
Preventing Occupational Exposures to Lead and Noise at Indoor Firing Ranges
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009-136
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.
Reducing Exposure to Lead and Noise at Indoor Firing Ranges
NIOSH Publication No. 2010-113
This two-page Workplace Solutions document provides clear and simple recommendations to workers, occupational shooters, and operators of indoor firing ranges to reduce their occupational exposure to airborne lead and high-intensity noise.
Reducing Exposure to Lead and Noise at Outdoor Firing Ranges
NIOSH Publication No. 2013-104
This two-page Workplace Solutions document provides clear and simple recommendations to workers, occupational shooters, and operators of outdoor firing ranges to reduce their occupational exposure to airborne lead and high-intensity noise.
Lead exposure and design considerations for indoor firing ranges
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 76-130 (December 1975)
This technical document provides the user with recommendations for design considerations and work practices to reduce or eliminate health hazards associated with indoor firing ranges. It includes topics such as ventilation, noise, and maintenance issues.
Auditory risk estimates for youth target shooting
Int J Audiol 2014 Mar; 53(S2):S16-S25
Noise exposure profiles for small-caliber firearms from 1.5 to 6 meters
J Acoust Soc Am 2012 Sep; 132(3)(Pt. 2):1905
Noise mitigation at the Combat Arms Training Facility, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH
J Acoust Soc Am 2012 Sep; 132(3)(Pt. 2):2084
Measurement of impulse peak insertion loss for four hearing protection devices in field conditions
Int J Audiol 2012 Feb; 51(S1):S31-S42
Handwipe method for removing lead from skin
J ASTM Int 2011 May; 8(5):JAI103527
Evaluation of a handwipe disclosing method for lead
J ASTM Int 2011 Apr; 8(4):1-7
Measurement of impulse peak insertion loss for five hearing protectors
J Acoust Soc Am 2011 Apr; 129(4)(Part 2):2651
Noise control solutions for indoor firing ranges
Noise Control Eng J 2010 Jul; 58(4):345-356
Assessment of noise exposure for indoor and outdoor firing ranges
J Occup Environ Hyg 2007 Sep; 4(9):688-697
Firearms and hearing protection
Hearing Rev 2007 Mar; 14(3):36, 38
NIOSH/NHCA best-practices workshop on impulsive noise
Noise Control Eng J 2005 Mar-Apr; 53(2):53-60
Noise exposure assessment and abatement strategies at an indoor firing range
Appl Occup Env Hyg 2003 Aug; 18(8):629-636
Indoor Shooting Ranges
ASHARE Journal 2002 Dec; 44-48
Ventilation control of lead in indoor firing ranges: inlet configuration and booth and fluctuating flow contributions
Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 1991 Feb; 52(2):81-91
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NIOSH conducts Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs) to find out whether there are health hazards to employees caused by exposures or conditions in the workplace.
Some recent HHE reports related to firing ranges have been listed below. For a comprehensive listing of HHE reports please search the HHE Database .
Lead Hazards: Protecting Workers at Indoor Firing Ranges OSHA Fact Sheet (Publication 3772), (June 2018)
Lead Exposure: Protecting Workers at Indoor Firing Ranges OSHA QuickCard™ (Publication 3771), (June 2018)
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