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National Association of Shooting Ranges and the
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, Inc.

November 25, 2003

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    August 5, 2002


    The Shooting Range Alliance focuses on developing information and guidance for member and non-member shooting ranges to help enhance employee safety programs, including methods and procedures to minimize airborne pollutants in the work environment and providing shooting range operators and developers with guidance on how to control hazards and prevent exposure in their facilities.

    Training and education:

    • Develop and deliver a seminar on airborne lead for shooting range operators and developers to be delivered in conjunction with state associations' annual meetings.
    Outreach and communication:

    • Develop and disseminate information and guidance at conferences and through print and electronic media.
    • Promote and encourage NASR members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs and mentoring among NASR members.
Implementation Team Members
Rick Patterson National Association of Shooting Ranges
Scott Mabry NC Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division
Brad King National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Hazard Evaluations Branch
Maureen O'Donnell OSHA-Office of Health Enforcement
Ira Wainless OSHA-Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Nilgun Tolek OSHA-Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Evaluation Period  
August 5, 2002 to November 26, 2003
  1. Implementation Team Meetings
September 9, 2002 kick-off meeting
October 22, 2002 meeting
March 6-7, 2003 meeting
March 19, 2003 teleconference
June 28, 2003 teleconference
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication

    • Products
      • Draft of lead management document, to be completed by early December
      • Article in The Shooting Times (details forthcoming from Rick)
  2. Results

    Multiple, major revisions of the guidance document took up the entire first year of the Alliance. In fact, the document is still not finalized, although it is very nearly so. That task was so arduous and time-consuming that other planned activities were not addressed.

    In part, the process of the team was responsible for these delays, as versions that were agreed upon in meetings or teleconferences were later rejected by the very team member who accepted them earlier. As a result, complicated and complex issues were rehashed twice and three times. In addition, late in the year, a comprehensive set of documents relating to alternatives to lead was discovered and consideration of its contents, which was valuable, took additional time.

    Once the guidance document is in final form, the implementation team will move forward with the other goals of the Alliance, detailed in the next section.

  3. Upcoming Milestones

    • Renewal of the Alliance
    • Introduce the guidance document at the 2004 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), February 12-15, 2004 in Las Vegas.
    • Put information about the Alliance and outreach materials on the NASR and SAAMI Web sites.
    • Place articles and other features in the NASR and SAAMI newsletters, The Shooting Times, and other publications.
    • Other potential venues include:

      • The National Shooting Range Symposium sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service, which generally occurs every three to four years.
      • Annual meetings of the state shooting range associations, which meet throughout the year, but tend to cluster in the late winter.
    • Promote and encourage NASR members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and mentoring among NASR members.