Each circular hand-fed ripsaw must be guarded by a hood that completely encloses the portion of the saw above the table, and that portion of the saw above the material being cut. The hood and mounting have to be arranged so that the hood will automatically adjust itself to the thickness of, and remain in contact with, the material being cut, but it must not offer any considerable resistance to insertion of material to saw or to passage of the material being sawed. The hood should be made of adequate strength to resist blows and strains incidental to reasonable operation, adjusting and handling, and must be designed to protect the operator from flying splinters and broken saw teeth. The mounting should be adequate to resist any reasonable side thrust or other force tending to throw it out of line.
For more information regarding these or other OSHA compliance requirements for solid surface fabrication, an easy-to-read Federal OSHA Compliance Manual for the Solid Surface Industry and power point training modules are available from TechneTrain Inc., 140 Wooster Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150, 800-852-8314, www.technetrainonline.com.
Information on shop safety with regards to OSHA standards in stone and e-stone shops can be found in Fred Hueston's column "Stone Shop" on Page 20 of this issue of SSM.