Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.213; 1910.213(b)(3); 1910.303(b)(2)


This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation only of the requirements discussed and may not be applicable to any situation not delineated within the original correspondence.


January 31, 2005

Gary M. Genga
CY Concepts
400 Stone Road
Rochester, NY 14616

Dear Mr. Genga:

Thank you for your May 10, 2004 letter to former Assistant Secretary of Labor, John Henshaw. Your letter was referred to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Directorate of Enforcement Programs. We replied to your inquiry on August 19, 2004, however certain information has come to our attention that requires us to modify our initial response. This correspondence reflects the most current information that pertains to your inquiry, and supersedes our previous reply. You had specific questions regarding the requirements for the protection against the unexpected restart of woodworking and metalworking equipment following an unscheduled electrical outage. Your paraphrased inquiries and our responses follow.

Question: Is low voltage, light-duty equipment (115-volt, single-phase), such as band saws, sanders, and drill presses commonly found in wood and metal shops, required to protect against automatic restarting upon restoration of electrical power following an unscheduled interruption?

Answer: As you may know, the OSHA standard for woodworking equipment is found at 29 CFR 1910.213. This standard, including the provision at 1910.213(b)(3) requiring the prevention of automatic restarting of danger