Walter G. Wright
Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a February 4th news release stating that it had cited Tap Rack Bang Indoor Shooting Range LLC, (operating as The Gun Range) (“ISR”) for alleged violations.
ISR is stated to operate an indoor gun range in Killeen, Texas.
OSHA states it investigated the range in August 2018. The agency states that it received a complaint of worker exposure to lead during firing range activities.
OSHA states it found airborne lead exceeding the permissible exposure limit and lead contamination on surfaces throughout the facility. Citations alleged the following violations:
- Failure to replace damaged personal protective equipment
- Failure to medically monitor employees for lead-related illnesses
- Failure to use vacuum methods for lead debris with high-efficiency particulate air filters
Penalties of $214,387 have been proposed.
ISR has 15 days from receipt of citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s Area Director, or contest the findings before the Independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The news release also references OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Lead that addresses lead hazards in the workplace.
A copy of the news release can be found here and the OSHA instruction (National Emphasis Program-Lead) here.