We are using a bench-mounted industrial buffer that operates at 3,600 RPM and does not have a tongue guard or rest. Do Oregon OSHA's Abrasive Wheel Machinery Requirements apply in this case? Do I need to use a tongue guard with this buffer?
Because your buffer does not use an abrasive wheel (that could shatter during use), Oregon OSHA's Abrasive Wheel Machinery Requirements do not apply and a tongue guard or rest is not required. The only guard to consider would be a cap over the rotating spindle and nut if the buffing wheel is attached in such a way. For more information about industrial buffers, see federal OSHA's discussion of the matter.
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