U.S. CPSC Hears Public Comment on Proposed Laws
SawStop inventor, Steve Gass, continues his push for new tablesaw laws.
This past Wednesday, August 7, 2017, SawStop inventor Steve Gass was once again at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), asking them to make the technology he invented mandatory for tablesaws. He originally petitioned the CPSC in 2003.
The Power Tool Institute (PTI) opposes CPSC enacting mandatory requirements for SawStop licensed technology on all new tablesaws. You can read PTI’s position here.
You can check out an in-depth article covering this recent hearing at NPR.
In 2011, the CPSC voted unanimously to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) aimed at improving the safety of table saws. This was done “in an effort to address the large number of serious hand and finger injuries that occur each year.”
The commission is reviewing public comment and has not yet voted on this topic yet.