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July 28, 2021

US Department of Labor seeks information on updating
OSHA’s mechanical power presses standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a Request for Information seeking information and public input as the agency considers updates to its mechanical power presses standard.

OSHA first issued the mechanical power presses standard in 1971, based on the American National Standards Institute industry consensus standard. ANSI has updated the standard several times since.

The agency is requesting information regarding the need to update the mechanical power presses standard, how closely the standard should follow the current ANSI standard, the types of presses that should be covered, the use and certification of equipment, presence-sensing device initiation systems, and requirements for press modifications, training, and injury reporting.

OSHA will use the information received to determine what action, if any, it may take to reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining worker safety.

Comments must be submitted electronically at, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Read the Federal Register notice for submission instructions. Submit all comments by Oct. 26, 2021.

Learn more about OSHA’s mechanical power presses standard.

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Media Contacts:

Denisha Braxton, 202-693-5061,
Mandy McClure, 202-693-4675,

Release Number:  21-1413-NAT

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