A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

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General Industry Safety Orders
Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 56,
Sections 4226 and 4227
Metal Shears

INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS


INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 4226. Definitions.

Subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2)

Existing subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2) provide definitions for "plate shears" and "squaring shears" respectively. The existing regulations in Section 4227 contain the guarding requirements for squaring shears. However, there is no specific section for the guarding of plate shears as defined in existing Section 4226. It could be inferred that no guarding is required for plate shears. The term "metal shears" as proposed in Section 4227, includes both plate and squaring shears, which are used for cutting or shearing metal of various thicknesses. Therefore, definitions of these terms are unnecessary and they are proposed for repeal. The repeal of these terms will have no effect upon the regulated public other than to provide clarity to the regulations.

Section 4227. Squaring Shears.

Subsections (a), (b), and (c)

Existing Section 4227 contains the guarding requirements for squaring shears. The guarding requirements in Section 4227 for squaring shears are also appropriate for plate shears. The existing regulations in Article 56, Metal Working Machines, do not contain guarding requirements for plate shears. Amendments are proposed for the title of Section 4227 as well as subsections (a), (b), and (c) to delete the term "squaring" shears and replace it with the term "metal" shears. The proposed amendments will have no effect on the regulated public other than to provide clarity that guarding is required for metal shears such as plate shears and squaring shears.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

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