The correct use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at gun ranges is designed to help shooters combat the potentially adverse environment of an active shooting range. Loud noises from bullets firing and hot ejected casings bouncing off tables, walls, and stall dividers are some of the hazards found of the local gun range. The use of PPE at your local gun range is meant to compliment the engineering controls already in place, such as a properly designed ventilation system, concrete walls and floors meeting a minimum thickness, steel or cinder block dividers between shooters designed to resist sideways bullet penetration, ballastic resistant glass, doors, and ceilings, and other construction design elements that are part of the gun range. The mandatory use of PPE is also an extension of administrative controls, such as familiarity and consent to follow gun safety rules, safety videos, safety instruction, and the enforcement of these administrative controls by a range safety officer. PPE adds one more layer of customer protection ensuring a positive shooting experience.
Although management requires that all shooters wear PPE before entering the shooting area, it is the customer’s ultimate responsibility to follow all the range rules – especially rules concerning PPE – both before and during their presence on the shooting line. Administration has identified various potential hazards on the shooting line and has crafted rules designed to reduce staff and customer exposure to harm. Part of this goodwill collaborative relationship between management and customer requires that those in the shooting area do their part for the sake of personal safety and actually wear PPE throughout their shooting experience. While PPE might differ from range to range, e.g., an outdoor range might require that customers wear reflective safety vests whereas an indoor range might not have this requirement, most ranges share the requirement for eye protection and hearing protection.
Family Armory range rules state:
Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn at all times in the shooting area. Minimum PPE includes BOTH eye protection AND hearing protection. NOTE: Spent rounds are extremely hot. Exposed skin from tank-tops, muscle shirts, sandals, and low-cut shirts increase burn risk. Dress for safety.