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• Standard Number: 1910.217(b)

April 23, 1975

Mr. Neil C. Woodworth
Hooker Chemicals and Plastics Corporation
Durez Division
North Tonawanda, N. Y. 14120

Dear Mr. Woodworth:

This is in response to your letter dated January 20, 1975, and several telephone conversations with a member of our staff, concerning whether buttons on the two-handed controls of your molding presses required a surrounding guard.

Section 1910.217(b)(6)(i) and (b)(7)(v)(a) of the General Standards require that they be "protected against unintentional operation". This protection may be in the form of the guarding as you describe, or the location or height, which would provide a natural protection.

Based on the information from the above telephone conversations and the photographs that you submitted, it has been determined that the location of these controls meet the requirements within the meaning of these standards.

Thank you for your continuing interest in safety and if I may be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me.


John K. Barto,
Chief Division of
Occupational Safety Programming

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