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  QUESTION: Children that work as pullers & setters on trap fields, 01 Mar 2005, Vermont USA

What happens to all the children that work as pullers and setters on trap fields that are exposed to days of exposure from the shooters and their firearms. The smoke or discharge coming from the shotgun contains minute particles of lead, inorganic arsenic, antimony, lead azide, they breath this stuff in sometimes 8-10 hours a day 3 to 4 days at a time. What are their chances of being overly exposed to these chemicals?

ANSWER: 20 Mar 2005

Dear Bruce,

Many apologies that due to the overwhelming level of inquiry to our volunteer service, I have been unable to answer you until today. I had no idea that children were involved in the work you describe - I assume you are talking about clay target shooting clubs - but it seems a fair assumption that the children's chances of being overly exposed to lead, arsenic and antimony are high. The only way to confirm this would be by blood lead testing and hair tests for arsenic. To be honest I'm not sure how antimony exposure is assessed.

There is a potential source of much more helpful answers to your enquiry and that is an e-group I just set up called LeadWorkers e-group. May I encourage you to go to its website - - and join yourself up so that you can then send an email to the group for their responses.

Best regards
Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien,

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