Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Commission has received a petition (CP 03-2) requesting that the Commission issue performance standards for a system to reduce or prevent injuries from contact with the blade of a table saw. The Commission solicits written comments concerning the petition.
The Office of the Secretary must receive comments on the petition by September 8, 2003.
Comments on the petition, preferably in five copies, should be mailed to the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207, telephone (301) 504-0800, or delivered to the Office of the Secretary, Room 501, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Comments may also be filed by facsimile to (301) 504-0127 or by e-mail to email@example.com. Comments should be captioned “Petition CP 03-2, Petition for Performance Standards for Table Saws.” A copy of the petition is available for inspection at the Commission's Public Reading Room, Room 419, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland. The petition is also available on the CPSC Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.Start Further Info
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Rockelle Hammond, Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207; telephone (301) 504-6833, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Commission has received correspondence from Messrs. Gass, Fanning, and Fulmer, et al., requesting that the Commission issue a rule prescribing performance standards for a system to reduce or prevent injuries from contact with the blade of a table saw. The petitioners assert that a table saw not so equipped poses an increased risk of severe injuries including lacerations and amputations.
The petitioners maintain that a system to reduce or eliminate this risk must include the following: (1) A detection system capable of detecting contact or dangerous proximity between a person and the saw blade when the saw blade is—(a) spinning prior to cutting, (b) cutting natural wood with a moisture content of up to 50%, (c) cutting glued wood with a moisture content of up to 30%, and (d) spinning down after turning off the motor; (2) a reaction system to perform some action upon detection of such contact or dangerous proximity, such as stopping or retracting the blade, so that a person will be cut no deeper than 1/8 of an inch when contacting or approaching the blade at any point above the table and from any direction at a rate of one foot per second; (3) a self-diagnostic capability to verify the functionality of key components of the detection and reaction systems; and (4) an interlock system with the motor so that power cannot be applied to the motor if a fault interfering with the functionality of a key component in the detection or reaction system is detected.
The Commission is docketing the correspondence as a petition under provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. 2051-2084.
Interested parties may obtain a copy of the petition by writing or calling the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207; telephone (301) 504-0800. The petition is available on the CPSC Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov. A copy of the petition is also available for inspection from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Commission's Public Reading Room, Room 419, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland.Start Signature
Dated: July 2, 2003.
Todd A. Stevenson,
Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.
[FR Doc. 03-17327 Filed 7-8-03; 8:45 am]
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