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CPSC RIN: 3041-AC31 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Regulatory Options for Table Saws 

On July 11, 2006, the Commission voted to grant a petition requesting that the Commission issue a rule prescribing performance standards for a system to reduce or prevent injuries from contacting the blade of a table saw. The Commission also directed CPSC staff to prepare an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) initiating a rulemaking proceeding under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) to: (1) identify the risk of injury associated with table saw blade-contact injuries; (2) summarize regulatory alternatives; and (3) invite comments from the public. An ANPRM was published on October 11, 2011. The comment period ended on February 10, 2012. Staff participated in the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) working group to develop performance requirements for table saws, conducted performance tests on sample table saws, conducted survey work on blade guard use, and evaluated comments to the ANPRM. Staff prepared a briefing package with a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and submitted the package to the Commission on January 17, 2017. The Commission voted to publish the NPRM, and the comment period for the NPRM closed on July 26, 2017. Public oral testimony to the Commission was heard on August 9, 2017. Staff conducted a study of table saw incidents that occurred and were reported through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Staff prepared a report summarizing the 2017 study findings. On December 4, 2018, a notice of availability of the 2017 study was published in the Federal Register. Staff will submit a status briefing package on table saws to the Commission in FY 2019.

Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Independent agency 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 1245   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553(e)    15 U.S.C. 2051   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

Summary of the Legal Basis:


The Commission could (1) pursue table saw voluntary standard activities; (2) extend the effective dates of a possible rule; (3) exempt certain categories of table saws from the draft proposed rule; (4) limit the applicability of the performance requirements to some, but not all, tables saws; or (5) pursue an information and education campaign to inform the public of the hazards of blade contact and the benefits of the AIM technology.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The expected gross benefits range from about $970 million to $2.45 billion over the product life of one year of sales. The expected costs of the draft proposed rule will range from about $168 million to about $345 million annually. Based on staff’s benefit and cost estimates, net benefits (i.e., benefits minus costs) for the market as a whole were estimated to amount to about $625 million to $2.3 billion over the product life of one year of table saw sales.


Action Date FR Cite
Commission Decision to Grant Petition  07/11/2006 
ANPRM  10/11/2011  76 FR 62678   
Notice of Extension of Time for Comments  12/02/2011  76 FR 75504   
ANPRM Comment Period End  12/12/2011 
Comment Period End  02/10/2012 
Notice to Reopen Comment Period  02/15/2012  77 FR 8751   
Reopened Comment Period End  03/16/2012 
Staff Sent NPRM Briefing Package to Commission  01/17/2017 
Commission Decision  04/27/2017 
NPRM  05/12/2017  82-FR 22190   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/26/2017 
Public Hearing  08/09/2017  82 FR 31035   
Staff Sent 2016 NEISS Table Saw Type Study Status Report to Commission   08/15/2017 
Staff Sent 2017 NEISS Table Saw Special Study to Commission  11/13/2018 
Notice of Availability of 2017 NEISS Table Saw Special Study  12/04/2018  83FR62561   
Staff Sends a Status Briefing Package on Table Saws to Commission  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Caroleene Paul
Project Manager, Directorate for Engineering Sciences
Consumer Product Safety Commission
National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2225