We will be writing a multi-post series describing features of Nexus Shooting that will set us apart from the typical shooting range. For this first post, let's discuss the important topic of range ventilation.
Lead poisoning is a very real problem with many shooting ranges. The Center for Disease Control / National Institue for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH) has published the following guidelines for preventing occupational lead exposure which also includes many case reports of lead poisoning from shooting. Feel free to peruse their recommendations and the case reports by clicking this link: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-136/pdfs/2009-136.pdf
Lead poisoning can induce nausea, vomiting, headache, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, memory and mood disorders, and alter fertility. Because of these significant effects, lead levels of shooting range employees are very strictly regulated. Have you ever seen any of the employees at a range wearing one of these?
It is because their blood lead levels tested abnormally higher than allowed! Fortunately, they have the good sense to follow the recommended testing and prescribed intervention. But, these guidelines are for EMPLOYEES of ranges. Where are the guidelines for CUSTOMERS of gun ranges? THERE ARE NONE!
Besides lead, there are all sorts of different byproducts of shooting which can be inhaled. Carbon monoxide, gunpowder, smoke, etc. Below is an actual picture of a standard N95 filter mask (in front)that has turned visibly grey after shooting 100 rounds in a poorly ventilated range (a new clean filter is in back for comparison). Clearly, this is garbage that you do not want to inhale!
Read the rest of this article at our blog: http://nexusshooting.blogspot.tw/201...ce-part-1.html