As discussed earlier this month, the US CPSC has an open comment period on their proposed rulemaking on table saws and active injury avoidance technology.
Last week I posted about how the opposition seemed to be doomed, that not enough was being done, and that not enough people were voicing their concerns and comments in the right place.
Today is the last day that the CPSC will accept comments from the public.
If you’re in favor of or against the proposed rulemaking and potential regulations that require table saws to have active injury-avoidance technology, please tell them why. Reminder: your comment will be visible to the public.
I am happy to have to eat my words a little. I pointed fingers at the PTI, saying they and tool brands weren’t being vocal enough in opposition to the proposed rulemaking.
I have since been talking to PTI representatives, and am happy to say they have been going to great lengths to fight the proposed rulemaking. Perhaps not as publicly as I had expected, but they’re expending great efforts behind the scenes.
From what I was told – and I’m not sure I can repeat it here and so I won’t – they have done a lot. But there’s more to do, and they still need help, and your comments can do that.
If you’re opposed to the proposed rulemaking, please go to PTI’s special website and submit a comment there, which will be submitted to the CSPC on your behalf.
There’s a standard pre-composed opposition message that you can attach your name, and you can add to it if you want to.
The PTI also has added background information about their position on the proposed rulemaking.
As end-users, your voices matter, perhaps more than anyone else’s. Those who hold active injury-avoidance tech patents might still have a stake in this, and so does the PTI, which represents many power tool brands that manufacturer table saws.
But as an end user, you will be most impacted. Will the requirement that table saws feature active injury avoidance technology be a benefit for you? Will any added cost be too much of a burden?
If you’re in favor of the proposed ruling, tell the CSPC why. If you’re opposed, do the same, or go to PTI’s site to learn more and attach your name to their opposition message.