Asbestos and lead-based paint aren’t devils of the past.
They can still be found, and they can cause fatal health problems.
Despite cleanup efforts, there is still enough asbestos and lead-based paint to last for generations. While not dangerous if remained undisturbed, if not maintained properly, they can deteriorate and become a serious health hazard to both adults and children. Many homeowners or businesses can’t afford lead-based paint or asbestos abatement. It can cost thousands of dollars depending on the size of the project. Fortunately, if lead-based paint is covered with non-lead paint, you can safely live in the home. The same goes for asbestos if it is encapsulated. But these are temporary fixes if not maintained. Some states have housing programs that can help residents remove health hazards from their homes.
Not only is there an immense amount of asbestos and lead that exist from previous use, but the use of these products today has not been entirely banned.
The manufacture, importation, processing and distribution in commerce of these asbestos-containing products are not banned:
The perils of lead dust from shooting ranges came to light after National Public Radio (NPR) reported about a one-year-old boy who had elevated blood levels, but had no exposure risks at home. It was discovered that the exposure came from the father’s work clothing that was being contaminated with lead dust from working at an indoor shooting range.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has estimated that there are approximately 16,000 to 18,000 non-military indoor firing ranges in the United States.
If an indoor shooting range has inadequate ventilation or improper cleaning practices, the facility can become contaminated with lead dust from the bullets being fired.
Lead can harm almost every organ and system in your body.
Lead testing can protect your employees and customers.