I work for a countertop company in CNY and am the safety mgr here. We have about 18 months or so voluntary walk through's from the Department of Labor (DOL) where they look us over for any safety issues. We have been trying to do everything we can to make it better and more safe for all our employees. However we just had a recent walkthrough and one issues he found has me stumped. We don't have a need for a drill press much in my work as much of the countertops are cut with a CNC. So we have a small, old Delta bench model. It's been here as long as I have and more. It is this press that we need to have guarding on. I had never heard of guarding for a drill press. Guarding in saws, routers, CNC's and everything else but a drill press, never. I was sited for the missing guard and it was considered a serious offense. I use the press for drilling a hole in one piece of Corian left at the job site to be mounted in the sink base cabinet. One hole that's it. Large enough to hang with a drywall screw. I now have to either find a guard or buy another.
Has anyone else had this issue? What or how did you fix, get around, or other wise deal with it? As I said before we have had numerous walkthroughs here as voluntary and this is the first issue we have had with a drill press. Clearly the standard is there and has been there for some time. I just don't go looking for it if you know what I mean. I find less sometimes is more.