It was brought to our attention that one of our host ranges, Higher Ground Tactical, has been fined by the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for “willful” violations of lead and noise hazards, including the failure to:
• Implement a noise monitoring program.
• Conduct air monitoring for lead.
• Establish a written lead compliance program.
• Other concerns found here.
While OSHA is monitoring the range for its employees, A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) believes the range should care about the safety and welfare of all women, especially our members and guests, who may enter the facility. Therefore AG & AG has suspended all activities at the range until further notice. If women choose to gather at the range, it will not be a sanctioned AG & AG event and therefore no AG & AG banners, nametags, or other event materials may be on site. The League will notify members via email if/when sanctioned events may occur at Higher Ground Tactical after violations have been corrected and the range is deemed safe for all visitors.
About Lead Poisoning
Lead enters your body in two ways: ingestion, such as touching your food with your hands containing gun powder residue; or inhalation if you are shooting at a range with poor ventilation, as opposed to facilities with state-of-the-art systems to remove contaminants from the shooting area. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Young children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. High levels of lead may cause vomiting, staggering walk, muscle weakness, seizures, or coma. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.
If you are expecting or nursing work to minimize your lead exposure. You may want to use gloves while shooting and always wash your hands and arms with a de-lead soap or wipes. You may want to consider a de-lead detergent for your clothes if you spend time at the range. While you are limiting your lead exposure, do not collect spent brass. Consider using only frangible ammo that is made out of copper instead of lead, especially while hunting so that you do not contaminate your meat. Refrain from cleaning your firearms to limit your exposure to cleaning agents and the lead that is being broken down and removed from your bores. Speak to your doctor about your risks.