NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

During your career as a safety professional, has a worker death ever occurred at your site?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote Results

Does your CEO 'Get it?'

Tell us why on the submission form and your CEO could appear among the 2016 selections.

CPSC seeking comment on proposed table saw rule

November 9, 2011

  • / Print
  • Reprints
  • Text Size:
    A A

Washington – The Consumer Product Safety Commission is requesting comment until Dec. 12 on a proposed rule that would affect safety regulations for table saws.

According to the advance notice of proposed rulemaking, published in the Oct. 11 Federal Register, CPSC is concerned that permanent riving knife and modular blade guard system requirements in the current voluntary standards may be insufficient to prevent blade contact injuries. The commission specifically has issues with the standards’ ability to “address adequately the number or severity of blade saw injuries” and their associated societal costs.

A CPSC report (.pdf file) released in March stated that between 2007 and 2008, table blade saws caused an estimated 67,300 injuries annually, costing $2.36 billion per year.

Comments on the rule can be posted on regulations.gov under docket folder “CPSC-2011-0074.”

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.