Across the globe, shooting ranges serve as facilities to fire artillery in a controlled and heavily supervised environment. While it varies from country to country on the specifics, regulations and function of gun ranges, both military and private operations fire off hundreds of rounds per day. With all the contaminates that come from explosions in firearms, air quality and lead dust exposure is of great concern which is why air filtration is essential.
Shooting off heavy artillery—even small handguns—releases lead and other toxins into the air, which is why gun range facilities must invest in huge ventilation systems. The potential for toxic exposure is evident, which is why the National Air Filtration Association and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) have guidelines and recommendations in place.
“Exposure to lead and fumes from a firing range can present a potential health risk to shooters as well as the employees of a firing range,” NAFA’s guidelines state. “Protecting the health and welfare of occupants in a firing range, while minimizing the environmental contamination from lead exposures, is an important element in the operational procedures for a firing range.”
We can’t agree more with NAFA’s guidelines, because at APC Filtration, we make air quality a priority. Our HEPA filters function in cabin air, submarine and many other applications, but these gun range air filtration solutions are a growing business for us. For questions on similar air filtration applications, visit www.apcfilters.com or call us toll free at 888-689-1235.