WAC 296-806-48006. Band saw safety. Objectives. We will be reviewing parts of WISHA rules on Machine Safeguarding – WAC 296-806. You’ll learn: hazards of operating a band saw general machine safety rules rules specific to saws and rules specific to band saws. Common Hazards.
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Band saw safety
We will be reviewing parts of WISHA rules on Machine Safeguarding – WAC 296-806.
The operator is required to hand-feed and manipulate the stock against the blade saw along a predetermined line. The operator must also keep the stock flat on the work table and exert the proper cutting pressure. This machine is usually considered a manual feed tool.
NOTE: Tools such as push sticks or push blocks can not be used instead of required safeguarding unless a specific machine requirement allows it.
Applies to all materials and to all employers.
No longer separated into wood and metal.
Now it also applies to plastics, composites and other materials.
Enclose or guard all portions of the blade except for the working portion of the blade between the guide rolls and the table.
Make sure the guard for the portion of the blade between the sliding guide and the wheel guard meets these requirements:
– Protects the front and outer side of the blade
– Is self-adjusting to move with the guide
– Adjusts so the gap between the guide rolls and stock is as small as is practical.
WAC 296-803, Lockout/Tagout
OSHA Machine Guarding eTool
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)
L&I Machine Safeguarding Data Bank (available 02/2005)
Dept. of Labor & Industries
1-800-4BE-SAFESources of Help