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Standard Interpretations - (Archived) Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.243
• Status: Archived

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NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

November 10, 1986

MEMORANDUM FOR:     REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS

FROM:               JOHN B. MILES, JR., DIRECTOR 
                    DIRECTORATE OF FIELD OPERATIONS

SUBJECT:            Misapplication of Power Lawnmower Standard 29 CFR
                    1910.243(e).

It has been brought to our attention that in some instances the OSHA standard for consumer type power lawnmowers at 1910.243(e) have been cited by field staff when inspecting commercial lawnmowers.

The OSHA standard at 1910.243(e) derived from ANSI B71.1-1968 pertains only to consumer type lawnmowers used by employees. Commercial type lawnmowers are covered under 29 CFR 1910.212(a)(1) and (a)(3)(ii).

When inspecting commercial type lawnmowers under 1910.212, industry consensus standards should be used to verify hazards, industry knowledge, and appropriate abatement. Whenever an employee hazardous exposure is identified relative to a commercial type lawnmower, ANSI B71.4-1984, Safety Specifications for Commercial, Turf Care equipment should be referred to.


Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

Standard Interpretations - (Archived) Table of Contents

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