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August 16, 2012
Groups praise progress on table saw safety measure

The National Consumers League has praised passage of the Table Saw Safety Act in the California Senate Judiciary Committee. It moves on to the full Senate; the State Assembly has already approved the measure.

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The bill (AB 2218) requires that after January 1, 2015, any new table saw sold in the state must be designed with an “active injury mitigation system.”

The technology must be able to prevent or detect contact with—or dangerous proximity between—a hand or finger and the teeth of a spinning table saw blade, and act to prevent injury.

The legislation was also endorsed by the California Conference of Carpenters. Director Daniel Curtin stated, “The carpenters proudly support AB 2218 because safety devices on table saws protect our members from severe injuries and possible loss of their livelihood.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reportedly at work on a proposal for a mandatory federal safety standard on safety saws.

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