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|CPSC||RIN: 3041-AC31||Publication ID: Fall 2020|
|Title: Regulatory Options for Table Saws|
In 2006, the Commission granted a petition asking that the Commission issue a rule to prescribe performance standards for an active injury mitigation system to reduce or prevent injuries from contacting the blade of a table saw. The Commission subsequently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would establish a performance standard requiring table saws to limit the depth of cut to 3.5 millimeters when a test probe, acting as a surrogate for a human body/finger, contacts the table saw's spinning blade. Staff has conducted several studies to provide information for the rulemaking. Staff is working on a final rule briefing package.
|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|
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.
|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|
Project Manager, Directorate for Engineering Sciences
Consumer Product Safety Commission
National Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850