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How Lead Dust From Firearms Can Pose A Silent Health Risk at Firing Ranges

Hazardous lead dust iStock-179312755According to a 2015 report from the Connecticut State Public Health Department, improper safety protocols at a gun range led to a 1-year-old boy having high levels of lead in his blood. While many know that lead dust from firearms can pose a silent health risk, many people rarely consider the opportunities for lead contamination away from the firing range.

After the initial detection by a local pediatrician, the case remained a mystery. No lead pipes or lead-based paint were found in the boy's home. Eventually, investigators found a somewhat less commonly acknowledged cause: the boy's father brought home high levels of lead on his person, after coming home from work at a gun range.

Because of similar incidents, OSHA standards tightened to 20 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. But OSHA only tracks workers; gun range customers aren't typically tracked. This means gun ranges need to pay special attention to following tightly managed best practices to keep customers safe and prevent lead contamination off-site.

Improper ventilation and failure to perform required cleaning and maintenance are leading causes of elevated lead blood levels and potential off-site contamination from gun ranges. Repeatedly, public gun ranges and law enforcement training spaces with lead issues are traceable to these same primary causes.

Because current OSHA regulation, tight as it is, focuses on blood lead levels, even providing the best ventilation possible isn't always enough. Gun range owners and employees should encourage all customers and staff to participate in self-care on and off the range. Removing contaminated clothes after leaving the range, consistent hand washing, and avoiding drinking or eating while in the firing areas are all crucial and simple ways to lower the chances of blood lead contamination. Firing ranges can contribute to a being cause of high lead levels in the blood. 

After proper ventilation, Best Management Practices (BMP’s) is the next most important step to consider. MT2 is the Nation’s leader in providing BMP’s to all indoor and outdoor firing ranges and is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Firing Range Lead Reclamation and Maintenance Contractor with a proven record. 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, 03 August 2017 19:05

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Preventing the Lead Violations Found in Many TOSHA Inspections of Tennessee Gun Ranges

 

OSHA inspector searching bulletsGun ranges are, often, extremely focused on safety. For most gun owners, the hobby is serious, following strict protocol for each weapon like a mantra. It's part of the fabric of the culture surrounding the industry.

The inherent dangers of firearms go beyond the obvious, however. When Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) inspectors arrive, many gun ranges trip up on a far more abstract safety violation: lead contamination.

A Distressingly Common Problem

As reported in a recent news story, with 8 out of 10 TOSHA inspections of gun ranges since 2012 noting lead violations, it's clear that this is both a problem that is far larger than necessary but also one that ranges giving special attention to the issue can solve.

Firing range employees need to rely on safe, best practices in performing their duties at the range: hand and eye washing, no food or drink consumption inside the building, full protective gear whenever cleaning the range area, showering and changing clothes immediately after work.

Employers should rigidly mandate these practices. But the greatest preventative tool is for everyone to work together to prevent lead hazards from being an issue, after all, it affects everyone.

The Best Method of Lead Issue Prevention at Indoor Firing Ranges

Ventilation is the common theme tying together the lead violations found in most TOSHA inspections of gun ranges. In the worst cases, gun ranges end up flagged by the symptoms of employees -- and even their families -- suffering from the effects of acute lead poisoning. Recurring migraines, tremors, muscle pain, causing the employee to seek blood tests that flag them with high levels of lead in their blood.

Lead particulates suspended in the air by poor ventilation are a major danger. While customers are less likely to suffer from acute lead poisoning, they're a great barometer for ventilation issues that employees might be used to. Pay close attention to the air quality at the range.

Changing filters regularly on your existing system isn't always enough. If problems persist, it's time to modernize with a ventilation system designed for this exact problem. After proper ventilation, Best Management Practices (BMP’s) is the next most important step to consider. MT2 is the Nation’s leader in providing BMP’s to all indoor and outdoor firing ranges and is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Firing Range Lead Reclamation and Maintenance Contractor with a proven record. Services includes: complete firing range maintenance & improvements, lead remediation services, lead reclamation, OSHA & environmental consulting, operational maintenance and range closure.

Don't Wait for TOSHA

Rigid safety plans are in the DNA of any seasoned gun range owner. Apply that same careful eye to ventilation, cleaning, and safety gear policies, and TOSHA will have a much slimmer chance of finding violations. Most gun ranges are safe from short-term accidents; keep them safe from long-term issues as well. MT2 has prepared an industry report on this very topic that will help gun ranges stay compliant with their lead handling. Interested range personnel may download it for free at www.MT2.com

Recognize the Early-Warning Signs That Your Firing Range is Contaminated with Lead

While most outsiders think of shooting accidents as the main health hazard at gun ranges, lead contamination is the true (and much more banal) risk to the health of customers and staff.  In fact, high doses of lead can have permanent lung and brain damage, especially in children if they are exposed frequently over time.  For that reason, range owners must be careful to recognize the early warning signs of too much lead and control it in their facility.

Casings

The most obvious sign that there could be lead contamination is an abundance of lead casings left around on the ground.  These may seem harmless but they may contain high quantities of lead which can get into the dust and atmosphere around the customers.

More and more gun range owners are taking these crucial steps to recognize and control the lead exposure at their facilities, they understand that people are counting on them to keep them healthy and safe, not only from bullet wounds but also from more pedestrian hazards and we applaud them!

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, 31 July 2017 15:30

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MT2 Announces July 4th Donation Initiative to Support Law Enforcement Police Charities Which Benefit Children.

 

shutterstock-police-childIn honor of Independence Day 2017, MT2, the nation’s largest firing range lead reclamation and maintenance contractor, has set aside funds to support a program that promotes INTERdependence.

Police and Law Enforcement protect and serve their communities, but unfortunately many lose their lives in the line of duty. Many times, they leave behind family including young children and this loss is devastating, but it also impacts them for a lifetime.

James M. Barthel, President of Metals Treatment Technologies (MT2), responded by stating:
“We have a corporate initiative of annually supporting our brothers and sisters in blue. Our core vision and mission is to provide premier specialty environmental products and services with a higher purpose and MT2 personnel are passionate about cleaning and restoring our environment, protecting people from the hazards of lead, and in serving and protecting those who serve and protect us, whether in the military or in law enforcement.” Barthel continued, “We are pleased to announce our support in helping law enforcement officers nationwide make a difference with their goal to develop partnerships between police and youth with programs to financially support children of law enforcement officers who have been lost or permanently disabled in the line of duty.”

MT2 encourages others interested in supporting Law Enforcement and the communities they serve, to join them in supporting important programs and charitable organizations in their local communities as well.

About MT2:
MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Firing Range Lead Reclamation and Maintenance Contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges; having provided professional, high-integrity solutions to over 1,200 public and private indoor and outdoor firing ranges for military, law enforcement and municipalities nationwide in all 50 States since 2000. 

MT2’s extensive list of clients includes over 400 law enforcement agencies such as NYPD, State Departments of Corrections, and the US Military. Since 2006, MT2 has been implementing a BMP Program for lead management and maintenance that successfully reduces lead hazards at the NYPD training range where over 40,000 officers and recruits train annually.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 June 2017 18:44

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The Nation’s Largest Firing Range Contractor, MT2, Announces New Proprietary Range Filter Technology to Properly Dispose of Lead Contaminated Hazardous Range Waste

Firing Range Lead Reclamation

In a February 13, 2017 news report, former employees of an indoor gun range in PA detailed that they were exposed to high levels of lead while working, at 4 times the acceptable OSHA limit.

James M. Barthel, President of Metals Treatment Technologies (MT2), responded by stating, “We are disappointed when news like this comes out because improper regulatory compliance at firing ranges jeopardizes the personal safety and well-being of employees, shooters and possibly neighbors. Hearing the employee in the video state that they would throw buckets full of spent shells out back in a bin on the property is unimaginable.”

Barthel warns that improperly managed range solid waste like filters, debris, soil or other backstop material like rubber, along with incorrectly collected, containerized and stored lead bullets or shot can trigger RCRA hazardous waste requirements and obligations for a range. Comprehensive written work and health and safety plans specific to the range and a detailed waste-management plan describing actual activities to occur must be completed as well as providing written certification for all transport and disposal of range waste.

It is for this reason that MT2 has launched a brand-new service based on their patent-pending technology that is proven to properly treat and dispose of lead contaminated hazardous range waste as well as improve the range’s hazardous generator status and streamline their paperwork requirements.

Barthel continued, “Over the past decade, we have recycled over 12 MILLION pounds of lead, returning over $4,000,000 dollars to ranges owners in lead credits. Based on our commitment, proven track record and adherence to compliance, we are excited to announce our new “Filter Defender” technology where we are able to save a firing range an average of $10,000 or more in management and disposal of their lead contaminated hazardous waste.”

Range owners or managers interested in the “10K Filter Defender” Report can get more information at:  http://www.mt2.com

About MT2:
MT2 is the #1 and Largest Nationwide Professional Firing Range Lead Reclamation and Maintenance Contractor for both indoor & outdoor ranges; having provided professional, high-integrity solutions to over 1,000 public and private indoor and outdoor firing ranges for military, law enforcement and municipalities nationwide in all 50 States since 2000.  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.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 19:36

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$10K Filter Defender Report

MT2 is able to save a firing range an average of $10,000 or more in management and disposal of their lead contaminated hazardous waste because of our NEW patent-pending technology. Click here to Download


15 Million Pounds of Lead Recycled Since 2000

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$10K Filter Defender Report

MT2 is able to save a firing range an average of $10,000 or more in management and disposal of their lead contaminated hazardous waste because of our NEW patent-pending technology. Click here to Download


15 Million Pounds of Lead Recycled Since 2000

Lead Proceeds Thermometer-updated2017

 

 

MT2 BBB Business Review

 

 

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