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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 8. Points of Operation and Other Hazardous Parts of Machinery
Article 59. Woodworking Machines and Equipment

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§4300.1. Table Saws - Manual Feed (Class B).

(a) Each hand-fed table saw shall be guarded by a hood which completely encloses that portion of the saw blade above the table and that portion of the blade above the material being cut.
  (1) The hood shall automatically adjust itself to the thickness of and remain in contact with the material being cut at the point where the stock encounters the saw blade, or  

  (2) The hood may be a fixed or manually adjusted hood or guard provided the space between the bottom of the guard and the material being cut does not exceed 1/4 inch.  

(b) Except when crosscutting, grooving, dadoing, or rabbeting, a spreader shall be provided and fastened securely to the saw. It shall be designed and installed in accordance with the provisions of Section 4296.

(c) Ripping operations shall comply with the following requirements in addition to those in subsections (a) and (b):

  (1) The hood or other guard shall be so designed as to prevent a "kickback," or a separate attachment that will prevent a "kickback" shall be provided. "Anti-kickback" devices shall be designed to be effective for all thicknesses of material.  

  (2) Push sticks or push blocks shall be provided at the work place in the several sizes and types suitable for the work to be done.  

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Figure A. Table Saw

     Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.  

1. New section and new Figure A filed 6-30-2008; operative 7-30-2008 (Register 2008, No. 27).

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