CPSC Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Safety Standards Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws
On May 12, 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a proposed rule to establish a performance standard for table saws. The proposed rule would require that table saws, when powered on, limit the depth of cut to 3.5 millimeters when a probe contacts the spinning blade at a radial approach rate of one meter per second (m/s). The rule would require saw manufacturers to incorporate patented Saw Stop technology in each of their devices. CPSC has indicated that the rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, and estimates that the compliance costs will be between $100,000 and $700,000 to redesign and retool the products.
Written Comments are due by July 26, 2017. An oral comment hearing will take place on August 9, 2017.
Advocacy contact: Prianka Sharma(link sends e-mail), (202) 205-6938.