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| Standard Number:||1926.20(b)(3); 1926.302; 1926.302(a)(1); 1926.403; 1926.403(a); 1926.449|
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(a) Electric power-operated tools.Additionally, in Subpart K (Electrical), 1926.403 provides:
(1) Electric power operated tools shall either be of the approved double-insulated type or grounded in accordance with subpart K of this part.
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(a) Approval. All electrical conductors and equipment shall be approved.Section 1926.449 defines "approved" as "acceptable." For the purposes of your question, 1926.449 provides that equipment is "acceptable" if it is, "accepted, or certified, or listed, or labeled, or otherwise determined to be safe by a qualified testing laboratory. . ."
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(3) The use of any machinery, tool, material, or equipment which is not in compliance with any applicable requirement of this part is prohibited.As previously discussed, a repaired electrical power tool that is not restored to its "approved" condition is not in compliance with 1926.302 and 1926.403. Consequently, the use of such a tool would violate 1926.20(b)(3).
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