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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 8. Points of Operation and Other Hazardous Parts of Machinery
Article 67. Laundry and Dry Cleaning Equipment

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§4481. Washing Machines.

(a) Each washing machine shall be equipped with a substantial cover of not less than No. 20 gauge material, or equivalent, to cover the opening in the case or shell.

(b) Each washing machine shall be equipped with an interlock that will disconnect the current to the drive motor and prevent starting rotation of the cylinder when the access door to the machine is open. The interlock shall, however, enable the operator to inch the machine with the access door open.

EXCEPTION: This requirement does not apply to washing machines of 50 pounds capacity or less and which does not rotate more than 100 RPM.

(c) Each washing machine or washer/extractor shall be provided with a means to prevent accidental self-closing of the shell or cylinder doors while loading or unloading the machine.

EXCEPTION: This requirement does not apply to sideward-hinged or over-the-center doors that tend to remain open.

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


1. Repealer and new section filed 9-19-75; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 75, No. 38).

2. Amendment filed 11-286; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 47).

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