General. Employers shall not issue or permit the use of visibly
Portable hand-held electric tools
shall be equipped with switches of a type that must be manually held in
a closed position in order to operate the tool.
All portable, power-driven circular saws shall be equipped with
guards above and below the base plate or shoe. The upper guard shall
cover the saw to the depth of the teeth, except for the minimum arc
required to permit the base to be tilted for bevel cuts. The lower
guard shall cover the saw to the depth of the teeth, except for the
minimum arc required to allow proper retraction and contact with the
work. When the tool is withdrawn from the work, the lower guard shall
automatically and instantly return to the covering position.
[62 FR 40101, July 25, 1997; 65 FR 40945, June 30, 2000]