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MT2, the Largest Nationwide Firing Range Lead Reclamation Contractor, Actively Supporting Mandate to Decontaminate Lead-Tainted National Guard Armories

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In a story out of Washington, DC on April 12, 2017 Oregon's Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden led a group of ten Senators calling on Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to dedicate adequate funding to cleaning up National Guard sites across the U.S. that have been contaminated by dangerous amounts of lead dust.

The Oregonian on December 13, 2016,  reported that the National Guard is halting all community events in armories across the country to address severe lead issues. Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard, wrote in his Dec. 6 order that the Guard issued a mandate setting imminent deadlines. Earlier cleanup efforts were sidetracked partly because the Guard required states to bear most of the cost, but now the December 6th mandate pledges Federal money for cleanups and that "the cost of clean-up is considered to be 100 percent Federal share."

MT2 reached out to armories across the country to offer assistance and is now in talks with several of them, with 3 projects under contract and mobilization plans established in North Dakota and Oregon.

Range Engineers at MT2 are available to answer questions and schedule armory facilities for a lead decontamination package to comply with this order. This package includes a lead assessment with a comprehensive site-specific service audit with a work-plan for complete lead reclamation and recycling as well as a timeline for ongoing monitoring to comply with the order.

James M. Barthel, President of Metals Treatment Technologies (MT2) responded to the recent news stories by stating, “We are passionate about Gun Range lead cleanup, restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead. We are strategically positioned to assist with this initiative because we have decades of lead treatment success with over 1,000 public and private indoor and outdoor firing ranges for military, law enforcement and municipalities nationwide in all 50 States. We have recently launched a brand-new service based on our patent-pending technology that is proven to properly treat and dispose of lead contaminated hazardous range waste & filters; as well as improve the range’s hazardous generator status and streamline their paperwork requirements,” stated Barthel.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:06

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Protecting Police Officers from the Hazards of Lead at Firing Ranges

 

MT2 Protects Police Officers from the dangers of leadPolice officers put themselves in harm's way every day to protect us. They are the number one public servants and the least we can do is keep them safe when the need arises. Doing the job of a police officer requires training with firearms, they must spend a lot of time practicing at gun ranges.

More than one million law enforcement officers train at indoor gun ranges every year. Every time these officers fire shots at gun ranges, they are potentially exposed to lead poisoning. When a gun is fired, the vaporized lead can be inhaled and some settle on the police officers and other employees of the gun range. These particles can also settle on the surfaces, floor, clothing and bare skin of everyone present; potentially exposing them to lead poisoning. Protection requires a well-designed and maintained range with a proper ventilation system.

Why use gun ranges as a case study

A Seattle Times investigation revealed that shooting ranges are possible places to get lead poisoning because of the requirements officers must stay certified and to just keep their skills sharp so that they can serve and protect their community. There are always going to be examples of firing ranges that are not cleaned and ventilated properly which exponentially increases the risk of lead poisoning, but we at MT2 absolutely love working with the ranges that take a proactive stance to protect those that serve and protect us! We have special packages where we provide scheduled lead removal, decontamination and maintenance services for both indoor and outdoor firing ranges and this provides the peace of mind that the range and its shooters need to know they are doing all they can to maintain a clean facility.

Lead Exposure Risks for Range Employees and Families

Lead exposure in an indoor range can derive from a variety of sources, including volatilized gases and fragment dust. Lead dust in the air can attach to the clothing, and wiping a sleeve across the mouth or nose gives the lead easy access to the bloodstream. Even with handwashing, touching clothing and then smoking or eating or touching the face or mouth transfers lead. Lead dust may cling to the beard and hair. Lead on clothing worn at a firing range can be transferred to family through contact with the car seats, through a hug, through doing laundry.

Steps that can reduce lead poisoning

Below are some steps that can be taken to manage this exposure and protect officers, workers, and the local community from lead poisoning.

  • Ventilation

This is the number one action that can reduce inhalation of lead particles. Outdoor ranges are usually more preferred, but if this option isn't available, then ensure that the gun range is well ventilated to reduce lead particles. Installing a ventilation system may be pricey, however, the expense is worth it. One option for a ventilation air filter system on the market today is the Camfil SafeRange™ Series. Camfil's SafeRange™ is specifically designed to handle the strain of filtering an indoor gun range. If you would like to compare prices and ventilation systems with other top-tier ventilation companies, review Carey’s Small Arms Range Ventilation or Action Target.

  • Maintenance and cleaning

It is important that the range is clean. Daily cleaning and maintenance of all surfaces, equipment, and fabric can reduce exposure. It's not just the job of the gun range owner; all employees and police officers need training on personal cleanup, handwashing and processes after using the gun range.

MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Firing Range Lead Reclamation and Maintenance Contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges. MT2’s proven record of services includes: complete firing range maintenance & improvements, lead remediation services, lead reclamation, OSHA & environmental consulting, operational maintenance and range closure.

Here are some practical tips to keep in mind:

  • Don't drink or eat inside the range. Remember, lead particles are airborne and they can land on your food.
  • Never smoke inside a shooting range because this is similar to what happens when you eat. However, if there is lead dust in the air, with cigarettes you're actually inhaling the lead into your lungs.
  • Change your clothes and shoes as soon as possible so you don't pass the lead particles on to other people or your pets.

There are rules and regulations that guide indoor gun ranges. The owners of these facilities are responsible for protecting their employees and walk in clients from lead exposure. All they have to do is follow the rules and regulations on surface contamination, safety gear, air quality and all other standards. They can also high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuuming systems and other remedies. These remedies might cost extra, but aren't our law enforcement officers worth more?

MT2’s zero-tolerance for regulatory violations gives range owners the peace of mind that their project will be successfully completed on a guaranteed schedule. No one can complete an Environmental or firing range lead reclamation project quicker and safer than MT2. Contact us today for a free firing range analysis, complete our online range questionnaire

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:14

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How a Firing Range can AVOID Lead Fines by Following Easy Protocols

 

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Owning and operating a gun range is a rewarding and enjoyable business. Teaching the shooting public proper gun handling and safety is an important undertaking and can ultimately save lives. The range owner's responsibility is very broad and encompasses both the patrons and the employees of the business. Without following the guidelines and protocols established by OSHA that are provided to keep employees safe and healthy, a range owner can find themselves subject to monetary fines as reported earlier this year in the story “Gun range fined $15,000, accused of not protecting staff from lead exposure”

Rather than feeling uneasy that your range may be fined, we encourage you to keep a checklist of best-practices that you follow to make sure you are compliant. Here are a few points to keep in mind:

The OSHA guidelines are clear, as spelled out in 29 CFR 1910.1025. A written plan must be established that complies with the federal regulations designed to educate, monitor and remediate any lead exposure over the permissible exposure limits (PEL). This plan must be updated at least annually. Finding a firing range lead reclamation firm that will keep you compliant with the regulations and rules is an easy way to mitigate any problems down the road.

The last thing that any responsible business owner wants to see is his employees suffering a physical injury at the workplace. When it comes to lead exposure, extra diligence is required because the employee may not be the only person affected by lead exposure. Lead dust can stick to clothing and be transported to the employees’ home. Removing clothing can release the lead dust into the air and endanger family members, and as everyone knows, young children are one of the most susceptible groups to lead poisoning.

Gun ranges must keep detailed records on the monitoring of lead in both the facility and employees. The employees must be routinely tested to ensure their blood lead levels are below the established threshold. Proper air monitoring must be conducted regularly and documented. The bottom line is that complying with OSHA rules for your range employees is much easier and less costly than dealing with any fines that will impact your business and your reputation. 

 

For your protection, you must always maintain on-site written records of your lead and contaminated waste disposition!

·       Certain responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

Determining the nature of the waste – Is it hazardous or non-hazardous?

To determine where the waste can go, you must first determine if it is hazardous or non-hazardous for purposes of disposal. Under most circumstances, a Toxicity and Characteristic Leachability Procedure (TCLP) test is performed. If TCLP testing is not performed, the waste is considered a hazardous waste, unless proven otherwise. Depending on the TCLP test results, you now know what type of waste you have, and can now consider options on how to properly dispose of it. (California residents, please note that a different analytical method applies).

Note:  Even if your lead waste “passes” the TCLP test, it is still considered lead waste and is deemed “special waste” by (Subtitle D) landfills.  They may accept your waste, but only under a different program than what they provide under municipal services. Do not EVER throw your lead waste into the regular garbage!


·       Properly managing waste while it is onsite

At a minimum, all generators must ensure that their waste is properly containerized, labelled, and staged while awaiting transport to the disposal facility. 

·       Documentation

The generator is responsible for documenting the amount and type waste that they have generated.  It is also their burden to ensure that their waste was managed, transported, and disposed of appropriately.  This is done by maintaining thorough documentation of the “cradle to grave” process.  A fully-signed manifest contains most of the important information that should be retained for such records. (link here for more info on manifests).

MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Firing Range Lead Reclamation and Maintenance Contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges. MT2’s proven record of services includes: complete firing range maintenance & improvements, lead remediation services, lead reclamation, OSHA & environmental consulting, operational maintenance and range closure.

MT2’s zero-tolerance for regulatory violations gives range owners the peace of mind that their project will be successfully completed on a guaranteed schedule. No one can complete an Environmental or firing range lead reclamation project quicker and safer than MT2. Contact us today for a free firing range analysis, complete our online range questionnaire.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 17 April 2017 22:10

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The Skinny on Respirators, Fit-Testing, Beards in Lead Contaminated Environments and Tips on Ventilation Air Filters for an Indoor Gun Range

 

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Lead can be absorbed by firing range workers in several ways. If we breathe it in, it is absorbed into the blood stream from the lungs. It can be absorbed from the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth, and eyes. Because of this we need to make sure that the workplace is safe, and employees have the safety gear needed to do their job properly, but personal responsibility is also needed. For indoor firing ranges and other environments with a potential for heavy lead-load, employees need to be protected against inhalation hazards and absorption from the mouth, nose, and eyes. In this article we will discuss a variety of solutions including air ventilation and respirators.

Respirators are designed to protect from inhaled gas, vapor, and particulates. Safety gear for the eyes protects from splash, vapors, and particulates that can absorb through the eyes. So one piece of equipment employers provide are respirators, P-100's for many firing range applications, Then comes the “fly in the ointment” respirators can't be fitted tightly against the skin of the face with a beard….

OSHA has given guidance for employees and businesses regarding how the requirements for respirator use and fit-testing conflict with the personal freedom and religious and cultural expressions of beards. This is an interesting perspective to be taken into consideration when making your own decisions.

  • An employer doesn't need to describe the need for shaving or modifying a beard to prospective employees. Employers are required to ensure safe working environments and safe equipment. Requiring an employee to wear a respirator, which includes passing fit-testing, is not considered discriminatory. 
  • A beard worn for cultural or religious reasons does not change the need to wear a respirator to ensure a safe working environment. Employers have the option of providing a positive pressure respirator that does not require fit testing to the face, but they are not required to do so. 
  • Beards and other facial hair are not required to be shaved. The respirator is required to fit tightly against the face, and that usually means soft silicon to bare skin. An option may be to shave the sides of the face, or try alternate facial hair. Mustaches usually fit well within modern respirators.

Tips for Ventilation Air Filters at a Gun Range

Filtering the air at an indoor gun range is vital to keeping a safe environment. Proper ventilation air filters reduce the lethal toxic levels of lead which will keep employees and shooters as healthy as possible. According to American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, or ASHRAE, an air ventilation system needs a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV filter that is correctly sized for your ventilation system. Adhering to this important step will confirm that the contaminated air will not leak out due to inadequate sealing. The MERV 14 pre-filter will ultimately extend the life cycle of the main High-Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA filter. Utilizing this combination of filters will remove approximately 99.97% of the lead toxins in an establishment's re-circulated air. Lead particles range from 0.01 μm to 2 μm and a MERV 14 will filter 0.03 μm particles or larger.

Installing a ventilation system may be pricey, however, the expense is worth it. One option for a ventilation air filter system on the market today is the Camfil SafeRange™ Series. Camfil's SafeRange™ is specifically designed to handle the strain of filtering an indoor gun range. If you would like to compare prices and ventilation systems with other top-tier ventilation companies, review Carey’s Small Arms Range Ventilation or Action Target.

MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Firing Range Lead Reclamation and Maintenance Contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges. MT2’s proven record of services includes: complete firing range maintenance & improvements, lead remediation services, lead reclamation, OSHA & environmental consulting, operational maintenance and range closure.

MT2’s zero-tolerance for regulatory violations gives range owners the peace of mind that their project will be successfully completed on a guaranteed schedule. No one can complete an Environmental or firing range lead reclamation project quicker and safer than MT2. Contact us today for a free firing range analysis, complete our online range questionnaire.

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 April 2017 21:50

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MT2 Sponsors Exhibit at the 2017 ILEETA Conference

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As an organization, ILEETA is committed to the reduction of law enforcement risk through the enhancement of training for criminal justice practitioners. Fully committed to the saving of lives through the development and delivery of high quality training. Committed to the safety and security of our fellow citizens, and improved understanding between society and the criminal justice professions.

 

MT2 is honored to support this stellar organization which serves and protects the Law Enforcement the officers who serve and protect their communities! 

We sponsored an exhibit at the 2017 ILEETA Conference and loved meeting so many industry professionals to discuss Firing Range Services, many of whom we see year after year.

 

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MT2 is BBB Accredited with an A+ rating and is a recipient of the 2016 INC 5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies. With over 16 years' industry experience, MT2 is the Nation's #1 and largest professional contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges; providing complete firing range maintenance, improvement, safety, and closure services for over 1,200 ranges nationwide including law enforcement, military, state/local agencies, and private clubs.

* Lead Reclamation: Reclaimed >12,000,000 lbs lead

* Revenue Sharing: Returned >$4,000,000 of lead recycling proceeds to range owners

* Schedule: Crews and equipment nationwide to rapidly respond to your schedule & minimize down time

* Resources: $5,000,000 fleet of specialized equipment & proprietary processes to maximize lead recovery

* Safety and Liability Protection: OSHA safety reviews & mock audits, $9,000,0000 insurance protection

 

If you are interested, we have prepared an industry report that you can read on the 5 critical validations you must demand from your lead reclamation contractor to protect you and your range  click to download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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