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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 2, 2014

Indoor Firing Ranges Pose Lead Exposure Risk

JAMA. 2014;312(1):20. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6694

Public health investigations show that indoor firing ranges pose a serious risk of lead exposure despite outreach efforts and guidelines to limit exposures.

The Washington State Division of Occupational Safety and Health in 2010 launched an initial inspection at an indoor firing range after 7 employees were found to have blood lead levels higher than the recommended 10 μg/dL. The same range was reinspected in 2012 after additional reports of employees with high blood lead levels.

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