NEWTOWN, Conn –-(Ammoland.com)- In response to shooting range businesses seeing more visits by regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has launched a new Range Compliance Consulting Program.
The program will assist range businesses in dealing with these sometimes intimidating visits by providing education on regulatory requirements and helping ranges take corrective action and implement programs required by OSHA to protect and ensure a bright future for your business.
“Over the last year I have fielded an increased number of calls and emails from ranges having to deal with regulatory visits,” said Zach Snow, NSSF's manager of shooting promotions.
“For many it's a moment of panic and fear that they have not been doing what is required to stay compliant. As a business owner, you have only one valid approach if you wish to avoid experiencing that panic and fear–be proactive, so ‘when they come' you and your staff are prepared.”
Similar to NSSF's FFL Compliance Program, the range compliance program offers guidance from advisors who will perform an on-site mock OSHA audit.
Erica Moncayo brings to the program her MBA education and position as an OSHA-authorized General Industry trainer and her five-plus years of experience in addressing and abating OSHA citations, through which she saved her clients more than $100,000 in fines.
Upon the completion of the mock audit of your indoor range and retail business, you can expect to receive the following health and safety programs within 30 days.
These programs are custom-written plans specific to each participating indoor range.
- Hearing Conservation Program
- Respirator Program
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program
- Hazardous Communication Program
- Lead Management Program
- Medical Surveillance Program (assistance with setting up a contractor to obtain blood lead levels, audiograms and respirator fit tests, all of which are significant items in completion of the programs)
- Standard Operating Procedures
- General Industry (to include, but not limited to, slips, trips and falls, First Aid, Emergency Actions Plans)
- Employee training upon delivery of all programs
NSSF covers 50 percent of the cost associated with this program, so an OSHA mock audit only costs the indoor range member $2,500. Keep in mind that $2,500 is the smallest fine you could potentially receive from OSHA if or when they come knocking and you're not prepared.
To take advantage of this program, a range representative must have attended an NSSF Lead Management & OSHA Compliance Workshop or must be registered for an upcoming workshop, such as the NSSF Lead Management & OSHA Compliance Workshop October 13-15 in New Orleans. Exceptions to this rule will be reviewed and determined on a case-by-case scenario. For more information on the NSSF Range Compliance Consulting Program or to schedule an in-store and range OSHA mock audit go to www.nssf.org/ranges/rccp. If you have any questions about the program contact Zach Snow at 203-426-1320 or by email [email protected]
“The old-school way of thinking needs to change,” said Snow. “It's no longer about ‘if they come,' it's about ‘when they come.'”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.