CPSC Hearing on Safety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws

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Sofie E. Miller & Jacob Yarborough
August 14, 2017

Prepared Oral Statement Before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission hearing on it's proposed "Safety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws"

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Introduction

Thank you to the Commission for the opportunity to present on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC’s) proposed performance standards for table saws. We are Sofie E. Miller[1] and Jacob Yarborough[2] of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center.

The Regulatory Studies Center is a non-partisan academic research center focused on improving regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach. The Center is a leading source for applied scholarship on regulatory issues, and provides analyses to the public and regulatory agencies to inform and improve regulatory outcomes. Our remarks today represent only our own views, and do not represent an official position of the Center.[3]

In our time before the Commission we will be discussing three components of the proposed rule for table saws: 1) the lack of a clear market failure, 2) the effects of the standard on competition, and 3) the uncertainty of the benefits that the Commission expects to result from its standard.

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[1]    Sofie E. Miller is a Senior Policy Analyst at the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center. She can be reached at sofiemiller@gwu.edu or (202) 994-2974.

[2]    Jacob Yarborough is a Summer Fellow at the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and an economics student at North Carolina State University.

[3]    This testimony reflects the views of the authors, and does not represent an official position of the GW Regulatory Studies Center or the George Washington University. The Center’s policy on research integrity is available at http://regulatorystudies.columbian.gwu.edu/policy-research-integrity.