A description of the proposed changes are as follows:
INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW
Section 3563. Power Lawn Mowers
Existing subsection (b)(1) requires that power lawn mowers be designed, constructed, tested and labeled to meet or exceed the provisions of ANSI B71.1-1972 and B71.1a-1974. An editorial revision will delete language which pertains to power lawn mowers exceeding the requirements of the above referenced ANSI standards, as this language is unnecessary. Another editorial revision will relocate language from subsection (b)(2) to (b)(1) that requires this equipment to be labeled as meeting the requirements of the ANSI B71.1-1980 standard, Safety Specifications for Power Lawn Mowers, Lawn and Garden Tractors and Lawn Tractors. Additionally, an effective date to be filled in by the Office of Administrative Law will be included in proposed subsection (b)(1) in order to delineate the dates when the regulation is enforceable.
New language is proposed for subsection (b)(2) that will require power mowers placed into service after the effective date of the regulation be approved as defined in Section 3206 of the General Industry Safety Orders.
The term "approved" means that products or equipment must conform to applicable governmental or other nationally recognized standards. The term "approved" also refers to products that have been approved, listed, labeled, or certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. The proposal will ensure that later model power mowers placed into service meet applicable national consensus safety standards such as the ANSI/OPEI B71.1-1996 and B71.4-1990 standards for consumer and commercial turf care equipment respectively. Power lawn mowers are already manufactured to meet the recommendations of the ANSI/OPEI B71 standards and therefore, the proposed amendments will have no effect upon the regulated public.