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NIOSH releases tips on reducing exposures at indoor firing ranges

March 4, 2010

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NIOSH recently published recommendations (.pdf file) for reducing exposure to lead and noise at indoor firing ranges. According to the Bureau of Justice, more than 1 million federal, state and local law enforcement officers work in the United States, and are required to train at indoor firing ranges.

NIOSH recommends workers take the following safety precautions:

  • Take training and participate in health monitoring programs
  • Use personal protective equipment
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Report symptoms to employer and get help when needed
Employers should:

  • Provide workers with information on hazards
  • Implement effective engineering and administrative controls
  • Provide PPE
  • Review OSHA requirements for lead (1910.1025) and noise (1910.95)

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