Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Federal Identical General Industry Standards [16 VAC 25 ‑ 90]
Chapter is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Record Requirements in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard
Action 4202
General Information
Action Summary Mechanical power presses are machines that punch, form, or assemble metal or other materials by cutting or shaping using dies. If a power press is damaged or operating incorrectly, workers can be exposed to hand, arm, and finger injuries, including possible amputations. On November 20, 2013, federal OSHA issued a Direct Final Rule (DFR) to make two main revisions to its Mechanical Power Presses Standard, §1910.217. Former subparagraph §1910.217(e)(1)(i) required employers develop and maintain certification records of periodic inspections performed on the power presses. In this amendment, federal OSHA added a requirement that employers must develop and maintain certification records of any maintenance or repairs they perform on the presses during these periodic inspections. As a result of the revision to subparagraph (e)(1)(i) , federal OSHA removed the requirement from subparagraph (e)(1)(ii) of the same standard, §1910.217, that employers develop and maintain certification records of weekly inspections and tests performed on the presses. These requirements in former subparagraph (e)(1)(ii) will no longer be necessary as any repairs to the mechanical power press will be recorded as they occur. Subparagraph (e)(1)(ii) now specifies that employers perform the inspections and tests “on a regular basis at least once a week” to emphasize the importance of establishing a consistent, systematic schedule for completing the tasks. Revisions to subparagraph §1910.217(e)(1)(i), expressly requiring employers to complete necessary maintenance and repair on presses before operating the presses and certify maintenance and repair for the entire machine, rather than for certain parts of a power press, bring §1910.217 in line with the American National Standards Institute consensus standard for power presses (ANSI B11.1-2009). Federal OSHA believes that these revisions, combined with the available means that employers, employees and federal OSHA can use to ensure that employers perform these tasks at the specified frequency, will fulfill the functions for certification records required by existing paragraph (e)(1)(ii).
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: Code of Virginia Section 2.2-4006.A.4.a
RIS Project Yes  [004102]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6999 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/01/2014.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Cristin Bernhardt  / Regulatory Coordinator / Staff Attorney
Address: Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)786-2392    FAX: (804)786-2641    TDD: ()-

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