OSHA Promotes Safe Working Conditions at Target Shooting Facilities

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Association of Shooting Ranges (NASR) and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) have established an alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for workers in target shooting facilities

"OSHA is committed to partnering with industry groups such as NASR and SAAMI to promote safe and healthful workplaces," said OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw. "Alliances such as this maximize everyone's resources to reach out to workers and employers with safety and health information that benefits everyone."

The alliance provides member and non-member shooting ranges with information and guidance to help enhance employee safety programs -including education and information on ways to minimize noise and airborne pollutants in the workplace - and will provide information and guidance to shooting range operators and developers on the control of hazards and prevention of exposures to hazards substances in their facilities.

OSHA, NASR and SAAMI are working together to develop and disseminate information and guidance at conferences and through various media outlets; to promote and encourage NASR members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, consultation program and mentoring among members; and to develop and deliver a seminar for state associations' annual meetings on airborne lead and other topics for shooting range operators and developers.

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