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MedicKen

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1944 days ago

NEW OSHA REGULATIONS TO HAVE LONG-TERM IMPACT
New OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) today announced new regulations aimed directly at the home and hobby workshop.

WASHINGTON (AP)

Phyllis Sharp, Director of the newly-formed Home Safety Compliance Division, today announced new OSHA regulations in response to successful lobbying by watchdog groups and the American Home and Hobby Machinery Manufacturers Association. The regulations, aimed directly at home workshops, hobbyists and “shade-tree mechanics”, are in response to an apparently exponential growth of safety issues surrounding the sale of commercial machinery to the private sector, resale of used machinery, and restoration of used and occasional vintage machinery by private individuals.

According to Sharp, “These things are dangerous, and we are finding out that commercial and industrial manufacturers and service facilities, not to mention our own government, are selling these machines to private persons without due regard for essential safety features that we require of all workplaces”. Ms. Sharp was also quoted as saying that “there is no reason why a home workshop should not be subject to the same guaranteed level of safety compliance that our government provides to the public workplace.” According to Sharp, fines and registration fees will be used to substantially reduce the anticipated cost of the regional offices and inspection teams.

In a brief press conference to present these proposed regulations, Mr. Morris Pschatt, Esq, general counsel for the Central States division of OSHA, stated that OSHA will create offices in each state for the purpose of inspection, tagging and tracking machinery sales. Sellers of all commercial-grade machinery will be required to transport machinery for sale to an OSHA field office prior to sale, where the machine will be inspected for the appropriate safety guards, decals and instruction manuals. Any machine found not to meet the standards will be tagged for scrap and the machine seller will be compensated at a standard rate per pound, according to Pschatt. When asked by one reporter about private sales, Mr. Pschatt responded that the OSHA Residential Teams inspectors would be tracking eBay, craigslist and classified sales in order to provide “comprehensive safety coverage”.

In addition, Pschatt remarked, OSHA Residential Teams field inspectors will be periodically making spot inspections to home and hobby workshops to ensure safety compliance, similar to existing commercial and industrial compliance regulations. All home-shop machinery will be required to be tagged and registered with OSHA, and any machine not having the proper guards in place, decals visible and legible, and instructions readily available will be tagged and confiscated. Furthermore, personal safety gear, including eyewear, hearing protection and head gear will be required of all home and hobby workers.

The AHHMMA is represented in Washington by domestic and overseas manufacturers and importers of woodworking, metalworking and automotive equipment.
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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1944 days ago

And you forgot to mention that OSHA regulations are going to be extended to all household appliances, including things like electric toothbrushes and personal massage devices. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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firecaster

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#2 posted 1944 days ago

They’ll get my toothbrush when they pry it from my cold dead hands!

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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Gary

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#3 posted 1944 days ago

Socialism at it’s finest

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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poopiekat

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#4 posted 1944 days ago

This just BETTER be an April Fool’s Day post!!! GRRRRRR

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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woodbutcherer

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#5 posted 1944 days ago

IT”S TRUE!!!!

I had a regulator check my shop just today! I was told that they are specifically targeting shops that have been tracked on the internet. Because I baught an old chisel on ebay they came here. Several of my machines were confiscated and my shop has been sealed until I bring it up to code!

HELP!

-- POST NUBILA SOL - After clouds sunshine

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David Freed

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#6 posted 1944 days ago

I Googled “OSHA Home Safety Compliance Division” and this thread is the only thing that shows up. Why do some people think they need to stir everyone up with garbage like this.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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papadan

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#7 posted 1944 days ago

My wife just told me to make her a lockable box to keep the vibrators in, just in case OSHA shows up here! Ooops, I didn’t just type that did I?

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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Kindlingmaker

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#8 posted 1944 days ago

Interesting reading… huuummmmm, it is April 1st though.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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David Freed

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#9 posted 1944 days ago

“my shop has been sealed until I bring it up to code!”

If they sealed your shop, how are you supposed to get inside to fix it? I don’t buy it.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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marcb

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#10 posted 1944 days ago

David, its a joke.

I hate April 1st, but at least you KNOW its a joke when its April 1st right?

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Chris

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#11 posted 1944 days ago

Actually, I thought it was rather well written….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 1944 days ago

Some people just don’t know what day it is. LOL!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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dhg

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#13 posted 1944 days ago

LOL——I loved it.

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John Gray

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#14 posted 1944 days ago

APRIL FOOL

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Tucker

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#15 posted 1944 days ago

I heard that they wanted safer blades and knifes. Maybe some kind of soft rubber to protect us from ourselfs.

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