Three city armories that provide space for children’s programs and women’s shelters have had levels of lead the Army deems unsafe, a new state audit shows.
The Army’s National Guard recommends that any armory registering levels of lead of 40 micrograms per square foot during testing “suspend public rental space agreement[s]” and “close the facility to family members, the general public and pregnant women” until remediation occurs.
That standard is significantly higher than the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recommendation of 200 milligrams per square foot for armories, which deal with lead from weapons and guns.
But “my office’s audit still found troubling problems, including inadequate signage to warn the public, especially vulnerable adults and children, of the potential exposure to lead contamination,” New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli wrote in his report of the armories.
“The state’s Division of Military and Naval Affairs can do more to ensure the public’s safety.”
The report noted two armories in Manhattan