OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.

July 23, 1986

 
MEMORANDUM FOR: JOHN H. STRANAHAM
DISTRICT SUPERVISOR
 
THROUGH: LINDA R. ANKU
REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR
 
ATTENTION: BILL THOMAS
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
 
FROM: JOHN B. MILES, JR.
DIRECTORATE OF FIELD OPERATIONS
 
SUBJECT: Power Presses of the Powder Metal Industry
 

Power presses of the powder metal industry are not regulated under 29 CFR 1910.217. The applicable standard is 29 CFR 1910.212. Therefore, OSHA Instruction STD 1-12.24 is inapplicable.

Under 29 CFR 1910.212, the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) standard No. 47 is the application standard which delineates the acceptable industry practices. Currently, the MPIF is finalizing a draft ANSI B11.16 for submission to the ANSI. (A copy is enclosed.)

As you noted, large Power Metal Compacting Presses on which the flywheel can not be turned by hand, during die setting/set up operations, must be jogged while manually guiding the plunger into the die. Due to the unique nature of these large presses, the industry has not, as yet, developed a workable alternative to provide for the safeguarding of the die setter while setting up large presses.

Therefore, compliance staff are advised to adhere to the safeguarding recommendations presented by the 12/23/85 draft ANSI B11.16 standard when inspecting large Powder Metal Compacting Presses on which flywheel can not be turned by hand.