Lead exposure while shooting and handling firearms and ammunition can easily be avoided:
The use or consumption of food, beverages, tobacco, gum or
Practice good hygiene: Wash hands, arms, face and blow your nose before eating, drinking, smoking, or contact with others.
To limit contamination of objects, bags and clothing, only
the weapons to
Do not put spent brass in your pockets or under your hat.
If you reload your own ammunition or handle spent brass make sure you follow prescribed safety precautions for these activities.
Shoot only in a well ventilated areas. PDHSC uses 100% fresh air make up (no re-circulated air).
We move a steady constant fresh supply or filtered air past the shooter to be filtered again and exhausted down range. This ensures a safer shooter environment than even some outdoor ranges.
Note:. Common types of exposures are from inhalation (breathing in lead dust) or ingestion (swallowing lead dust, usually from contaminated hands or food).
Tip: Some shooters carry baby wipes in the their range bags and we also carry a similar product specifically made for removing lead contaminants (D-LEAD wipes). Wipe down arms, hands, face and nose when running water is not available.
Sources of Airborne Lead
Most bullets are made from lead, alloyed with other metals such as tin and
Lead vapor is emitted from the firing of the primer. When a round is fired the vapor contains a compound called lead styphnate as well as other compounds containing barium and antimony. This is why is is important to shoot in a well ventilated area. Our ventilation system is designed to move a wall of air constantly down range away from the shooter. A positive pressure is maintained behind the shooter and a negative pressure in front of the shooter. Ammunition with Lead Free Primers are available from a few manufacturers.
An independent study found that using ammunition loaded with copper plated bullets reduced airborne lead levels by more than 95% in the area of the range where the shooters were located, as compared to ammunition using non-plated bullets.
• Use copper-covered bullets.
Children are especially vulnerable to lead exposure issues. Click below for more info on lead free kids.