Consumer Reports (CR), the independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization welcomes the opportunity to submit comments to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding the proposed safety standard addressing blade-contact injuries on table saws. CR has been advocating for the improvement of the safety of table saws for more than a decade. We commend the CPSC’s decision to publish this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPR), which builds off the agency’s 2017 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR), and incorporates valuable insights from the 2017 Special Study of table saw injuries commissioned by the agency. The proposed performance requirements would result in inherently safer table saws, and significantly reduce the tens of thousands of injuries that occur every year due to unreasonably hazardous products within the scope of the rule. We urge the CPSC to finalize its proposed rule as soon as is feasible.
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