Shaping Smarter Regulations

Revision of 1910.212

29CFR 1910.212 is the general guarding clause that applies to all machinery. We now have a solid ANSI standard which should be applied - ANSI B11.0 "Risk Assessment and Reduction for Machinery." This would require that a risk assessment be performed by the manufacturer and user of the machine, that APPROPRIATE safeguarding means be used based upon the intended use, and any RESIDUAL RISK be properly communicated to the end user. This is not a new idea, as ANSI B11TR3 has been around since 2000, but it is time that machine manufacturers, users and OSHA compliance officers have better guidance!

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