Posted By admin on December 29, 2010
Lead wipes? Why do I need those? Why do I need to be concerned about lead when I am shooting, cleaning firearms, or reloading? Lead particles adhere to skin and long term exposure can be dangerous. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH,) firing a handgun can deposit over 1,000 micrograms of Lead on the skin with each firing, which if ingested, can cause high Blood Lead Levels that can affect health in a variety of ways. Lead particles can also get on the skin from cleaning firearms, and reloading.
Though dangerous levels of lead content normally occur only after prolonged exposure in a shooting environment, there are a variety of ways of protecting yourself and your loved ones. The most basic is to wash your hands. Yes, always wash your hands after shooting, breaking down your firearm and cleaning it, and even after reloading. Washing your face is also a good idea, though I must admit I usually don’t do that. Another good idea is to use medical gloves. I have a box of SAFEskin latex exam gloves on my reloading bench. They are cheap, easy to put on and take off, and when finished just throw them away. I use them when I am cleaning firearms or reloading. I also usually have a package of antiseptic wipes I carry in my truck or range bag.
Hygenall has come out with wipes specifically designed to remove lead. Lead particles, so small that they are nearly invisible, stick to skin and surfaces through an electrical bond that is difficult to disrupt. Soaps, wipes and gels, including specialty and industrial products that claim to remove Lead are not as effective because they are based on chemicals that are good for removing dirt but not for breaking the electromagnetic bond that makes Lead stick to skin and surfaces. The patented technology in Hygenall products is designed specifically to safely disrupt the Lead bond, and has shown to be highly effective even at microgram levels.
“The CDC recommendation for Hygenall products will help bring to light the serious threat of microscopic quantities of Lead on the firing range and improve safety for both gun enthusiasts and workers,” said Michael McKinnon, CEO of Hygenall Corporation.
Hygeanll has a variety of different containers including bench and wall mount containers. The one I like is the new FieldWipes. Contained in a black and brown plastic tube you just through it in your range bag and it is ready for use after a day on the range.
Hygenall does everything soap does, plus one more thing: Hygenall breaks the electromagnetic bond between skin and Lead, and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to clean off lead after using firearms.
Hygenall Field brand products were developed specifically for firearms users and military personnel to remove microscopic quantities of Lead and other heavy metals such as Antimony, Hexavalent Chromium, Depleted Uranium Oxide, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, and others that accumulate on skin and surfaces. “Using science that targets the removal of Lead will keep firearms users safer,” said Dr. Michael Baran, PhD., retired Air Force Colonel. “Firing range workers, firing range users, government, and military personnel in battlefield and training environments can experience more exposure to dangerous quantities of Lead dust than workers in the Lead industry.”
So remember the after shooting safety items:
Wash your hands and face
Use latex gloves when cleaning firearms and reloading
Try out Hygenall wipes
You can read more about them at www.hygenall.com