OSHA interpretation: machine guarding for drill presses

29 CFR 1910.212(a)(1) requires that one or more methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks. This standard does apply to drill presses and lathes, and it is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) policy to require protection for employees by guarding methods such as barrier guards.

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