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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC22 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: Revision and Update of Standards for Power Presses 
Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) mechanical power press standard (29 CFR 1910.217) protects employees from injuries that result from working with or around mechanical power presses through the use of machine guards (prevents hands in danger zone) and through limitations on initiation of a press cycle (either two-hand or foot-operated). A presence-sensing device (PSD), typically a light curtain, initiates a press cycle only when the system indicates that no objects, such as a hand, are within the hazard zone. OSHA adopted the use of presence-sensing device initiation (PSDI) on mechanical power presses believing that the provision would substantially protect workers and improve productivity. However, OSHA requires PSDI systems to be validated by an OSHA-certified third party, and no organization has agreed to validate PSDI installations. OSHA performed a look-back review of PSDI and determined that the current ANSI standard permits PSDI without independent validation but includes other provisions to maintain PSDI safety. Based on the look-back review of PSDI (69 FR 31927), OSHA is planning to revise and update the standard on power presses, which currently covers only mechanical power presses. OSHA is currently planning to base the revision of the Mechanical Power Presses standard on the most recent version of the American National Standards Institute standard on Mechanical Power Presses, ANSI B11.1. Further, OSHA is considering expanding the standard to cover other presses such as hydraulic and pneumatic power presses and to include the latest guarding techniques. This revision will provide the first major update of the Mechanical Power Presses Standard since it was originally published in 1971. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.217 
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  06/04/2007  72 FR 30729 
ANPRM Comment Period End  08/03/2007   
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N-3718, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

 
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