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PDFWAC 296-307-28024

What requirements apply to guarding vertical and inclined belts?

(1) Vertical and inclined belts must be guarded according to WAC 296-307-28044 and 296-307-28050 through 296-307-28060.
(2) All guards for inclined belts must provide a minimum clearance of 7 feet between belt and floor at any point outside of the guard.
(3) A vertical or inclined belt may be guarded with a nip-point belt and pulley guard, if it is:
(a) 2-1/2 inches wide or less;
(b) Running at a speed of less than one thousand feet per minute; and
(c) Free from metal lacings or fastenings.
"Nip-point belt and pulley guard" means a device that encloses the pulley and has rounded or rolled edge slots through which the belt passes.
(4) Vertical belts running over a lower pulley more than seven feet above floor or platform must be guarded according to the same requirements as horizontal overhead belts, if the belt is:
(a) Located over passageways or work places and traveling 1,800 feet or more per minute;
(b) Eight inches wider or more.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040. WSR 98-24-096, § 296-307-28024, filed 12/1/98, effective 3/1/99. WSR 97-09-013, recodified as § 296-307-28024, filed 4/7/97, effective 4/7/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040, [49.17.]050 and [49.17.]060. WSR 96-22-048, § 296-306A-28024, filed 10/31/96, effective 12/1/96.]
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