Retrieved from: Occupational Safety & Health Administration
A. Purpose. This instruction provides guidance to allow equitable enforcement of 29 CFR 1910.243 (a)(3) and 29 CFR 1926.304(f) as they pertain to the guarding of portable belt sanders.
B. Scope. This instruction applies OSHA-wide.
C. Action. OSHA Regional Administrators/Area Directors shall classify violations of 29 CFR 1910.243(a)(3) and 29 CFR 1926.304(f) as de minimis violations where the employer has complied with appropriate safeguarding precautions as follows:
D. Federal Program Change. This instruction describes a Federal program change which affects State Programs. Each Regional Administrator shall:
OSHA INSTRUCTION STD 1-13.4 AUGUST 5, 1981 OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE PROGRAMMING
E. Background. Revision of 29 CFR 1910.243(a)(3) and 29 CFR 1926.304(f) are under consideration by the Mechanical Engineering and Construction Standards Divisions. The standards presently in effect prescribe guarding requirements which essentially prevent flush sanding at corners, and important feature and an application of portable belt sanders. The modified form of guarding , as presented by this instruction, permits flush sanding at corners and provides for operator safety.
Thorne G. Auchter Assistant Secretary
DISTRIBUTION: National, Regional and Area Offices All Compliance Officers State Designees NIOSH Regional Program Directors