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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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§4312. Belt Sanders (Class B).

Belt sanders shall have both pulleys and the unused run of the sanding belt enclosed. Rim guards will be acceptable for pulleys with smooth disc wheels provided that in-running nip points are guarded.

EXCEPTION: Portable belt sanding machines provided with: (1) Guarding on one side at the nip point where the sanding belt runs onto a pulley. (2) Handles located so that a barrier interrupts any straight line path between the gripping surface of a handle and the nip point of a pulley; and, (3) The unused run of the sanding belt guarded on one side and at the rear.

NOTE: Guards on stationary belt sanders may be hinged to permit sanding on the pulley.

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


1. Amendment filed 8-15-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 41).

2. New Exception filed 10-31-94; operative 11-30-94 (Register 94, No. 44).

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