Background

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting comments through July 26 on its proposal to issue a performance standard for table saws. The CPSC has determined that currently available safety devices, such as the modular blade guard and riving knife, do not adequately address the unreasonable risk of blade contact injuries on table saws. In addition, no voluntary standard contains any requirements for active injury mitigation technology.

The proposed standard would require table saws to limit the depth of cut to 3.5 millimeters when a test probe acting as surrogate for a human body/finger contacts the spinning blade at a radial approach rate of one meter per second. However, the CPSC states that the proposal would allow manufacturers the flexibility to determine the appropriate technology to meet this standard.

The proposed rule would prohibit the manufacture or importation of noncomplying table saws, in any period of 12 consecutive months between the date a final rule is issued and the date it becomes effective, at a rate that is greater than 120 percent of the rate at which such items were manufactured or imported during a base period (i.e., any period of 365 consecutive days, chosen by the manufacturer or importer, in the five-year period immediately preceding issuance of a final rule).

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