California Considers Tougher Safety Standards for Tablesaws
The California State Assembly is considering a bill that will require all tablesaws sold in the state be equipped with SawStop-like technology, which can detect and prevent blade contact injuries. Called the Table Saw Safety Act, the legislation was introduced by Assemblyman Das Williams (D- Santa Barbara), and, if passed, will be included in California’s Health and Safety Code.
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The legislation has caused a stir among tablesaw manufacturers, with a few posting “legislative action advisory” on their websites, urging folks to contact Williams and other members of the California Assembly to voice their opposition to the legislation. The fear among manufacturers is that such a law will spread quickly to other states. If passed, the bill would go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Any seller that does not comply will be subject to a civil fine, with a maximum of $5,000 per sale.
The announcement of the bill comes as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision ponders the same possible requirements on a national scale.