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July 13, 1987
MEMORANDUM FOR: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS FROM: LEO CAREY, DIRECTOR DIRECTORATE OF FIELD OPERATIONS SUBJECT: The "Speed Cut" Radial Saw Guard
Recently, several field offices have again requested clarification of the applicability of the adjustable plastic guard provided on the radial arm saws produced by Speed Cut, Inc., of Carvallis, Oregon.
The following reiterates previously forwarded clarification of the issues relative to the safe and acceptable use of the manually adjustable "Speed Cut" radial arm saw barrier guard.
1. The "Speed Cut" barrier guard is a manually adjustable device which must be properly positioned by the user prior to making a cut.
2. The barrier guard must be fitted with side shields on each side to prevent exposure to the blade teeth and gullets.
3. When the guard is used and equipped as above, in accord with the manufacturer's instructions, it meets the intent of the regulation at 29 CFR 1910.213(h)(1) and is a de minimis violation. (Ref. OSHA Instruction STD 1-12.18.)