Federal workplace safety officials have slapped a Philadelphia gun range with more than $15,000 in fines, finding that the owner failed to protect employees from airborne lead dust.
The citation for exposure to the toxic metal was issued March 23 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The owner has until Monday to contest it if he chooses, agency officials said. Asked what levels of lead were measured in employees' blood, OSHA spokeswoman Leni Fortson said she could not comment because the case was still open.
The citation, based on multiple inspections, is broken into four parts:
Lead exposure is most commonly known for the danger it poses to the developing brains of small children. At higher levels, it also poses risks to adults, potentially damaging the nervous system, kidney, and other organs.
OSHA standards require that adults exposed to lead in workplace settings be routinely tested to ensure that levels of the metal remain below 40 micrograms per deciliter of blood. For children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a stricter benchmark of five micrograms.
Zalzman opened the Gun Range in 2010, according to a December 2015 Daily News article.
He said he averaged 12,500 customers a year, each spending an average of $85 a visit, which includes the cost of renting a gun, a lane in the shooting range, and training from staff.
The workplace-safety findings prompted dismay from Bryan Miller, head of a nonprofit that has opposed Zalzman's effort to sell guns at the facility.