November 10, 1986
MEMORANDUM FOR: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
FROM: JOHN B. MILES, JR., DIRECTOR
DIRECTORATE OF FIELD OPERATIONS
SUBJECT: Misapplication of Power Lawnmower Standard 29 CFR
It has been brought to our attention that in some instances the OSHA
standard for consumer type power lawnmowers at 1910.243(e) have been cited by
field staff when inspecting commercial lawnmowers.
The OSHA standard at 1910.243(e) derived from ANSI B71.1-1968 pertains only
to consumer type lawnmowers used by employees. Commercial type
lawnmowers are covered under 29 CFR 1910.212(a)(1) and (a)(3)(ii).
When inspecting commercial type lawnmowers under 1910.212, industry
consensus standards should be used to verify hazards, industry knowledge, and
appropriate abatement. Whenever an employee hazardous exposure is identified
relative to a commercial type lawnmower, ANSI B71.4-1984, Safety
Specifications for Commercial, Turf Care equipment should be referred to.