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May 30, 1978

Mr. David I. Feinstein
Senior Research Engineer
Triodyne, Inc.
7855 Gross Point Road
Skokie, Illinois 60077

Dear Mr. Feinstein:

This is in response to your recent letter regarding the applicability of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards 29 CFR 1910.213(o)(2) and (4) to a normal non-automatic 12-inch wood lathe that is used in a high school shop. This also confirms a discussion on the subject matter with Mr. Peter Wasko, a member of my staff.

The standards identified above are not applicable to the wood lathe referred to in your letter.

If I may be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact me.


John K. Barto, Chief
Division of Occupational
Safety Programming