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TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., Application for Expansion of Recognition

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This notice announces the application of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., (TUV) for expansion of its recognition to use additional test standards, and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant this request for expansion. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of this application.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

You must submit information or comments, or any request for extension of the time to comment, by the following dates:

  • Hard copy: postmarked or sent by August 8, 2006.
  • Electronic transmission or facsimile: sent by August 8, 2006.

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You may submit information or comments to this notice—identified by docket number NRTL3-92—by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • OSHA Web site: http://ecomments.osha.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on OSHA's Web page.
  • Fax: If your written comments are 10 pages or fewer, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.
  • Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery and courier service: Submit three copies to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. NRTL3-92, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2350. (OSHA's TTY number is (877) 889-5627). OSHA Docket Office hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., EST.

Instructions: All comments received will be posted without change to http://dockets.osha.gov, including any personal information provided. OSHA cautions you about submitting personal information such as social security numbers and birth dates.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://dockets.osha.gov. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about materials not available through the OSHA Web page and for assistance in using the Web page to locate docket submissions.

Extension of Comment Period: Submit requests for extensions concerning this notice to the Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210. Or, fax to (202) 693-1644.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Director, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210, or phone (202) 693-2110.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Notice of Application Back to Top

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby gives notice that TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., (TUV) has applied for expansion of its current recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). TUV's expansion request covers the use of additional test standards. OSHA's current scope of recognition for TUV may be found in the following informational Web page: http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/tuv.html.

OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization has met the legal requirements in Section 1910.7 of Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1910.7). Recognition is an acknowledgment that the organization can perform independent safety testing and certification of the specific products covered within its scope of recognition and is not a delegation or grant of government authority. As a result of recognition, employers may use products “properly certified” [1] by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification.

The Agency processes applications by an NRTL for initial recognition or for expansion or renewal of this recognition following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. This appendix requires that the Agency publish two notices in the Federal Register in processing an application. In the first notice, OSHA announces the application and provides its preliminary finding and, in the second notice, the Agency provides its final decision on the application. These notices set forth the NRTL's scope of recognition or modifications of that scope. We maintain an informational Web page for each NRTL, which details its scope of recognition. These pages can be accessed from our Web site at http://www.osha-slc.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.

The most recent notice published by OSHA specifically related to TUV's recognition granted an expansion of its NRTL scope, which became effective on June 20, 2003 (68 FR 37030).

The current address of the TUV facility already recognized by OSHA is:

TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., 12 Commerce Road, Newtown, CT 06470.

General Background on the Application Back to Top

TUV has submitted an application, dated December 20, 2004 (see Exhibit 32-1) to expand its recognition to include 5 additional test standards. TUV then amended its application through follow-up requests to add 4 more test standards to its request (see Exhibit 32-2). The NRTL Program staff has determined that each of these nine standards is an “appropriate test standard” within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c). However, one of the standards is already in TUV's scope. Therefore, OSHA would approve eight test standards for the expansion. Following review of the application, OSHA deferred action on this notice pending resolution by the NRTL of certain findings from our on-site visit of the NRTL. These findings have been satisfactorily resolved, permitting this notice to be processed. This notice has also been delayed through no fault of the NRTL.

TUV seeks recognition for testing and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the following test standards:

UL 943Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters

UL 991Tests for Safety-Related Controls Employing Solid-State Devices

UL 1047Isolated Power Systems Equipment

UL 1363Relocatable Power Taps

UL 1662Electric Chain Saws

UL 1664Immersion-Detection Circuit-Interrupters

UL 1741Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use With Distributed Energy Resources

UL 1863Communications-Circuit Accessories

The designations and titles of the above test standards were current at the time of the preparation of this notice.

OSHA's recognition of TUV, or any NRTL, for a particular test standard is limited to equipment or materials (i.e., products) for which OSHA standards require third party testing and certification before use in the workplace. Consequently, if a test standard also covers any product(s) for which OSHA does not require such testing and certification, an NRTL's scope of recognition does not include that product(s).

Many UL test standards also are approved as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). However, for convenience, we use the designation of the standards developing organization for the standard as opposed to the ANSI designation. Under our procedures, any NRTL recognized for an ANSI-approved test standard may use either the latest proprietary version of the test standard or the latest ANSI version of that standard. You may contact ANSI to find out whether or not a test standard is currently ANSI-approved.

Preliminary Finding on the Application Back to Top

TUV has submitted an acceptable request for expansion of its recognition as an NRTL. In connection with this request, NRTL Program assessment staff evaluated information pertinent to the request during an on-site visit of the NRTL and recommended that TUV's recognition be expanded to include the additional test standards (see Exhibit 32-3). Our review of the application file, the staff's recommendation, and other pertinent documents indicate that TUV can meet the requirements, as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7, for the expansion for the eight additional test standards listed above. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of the application.

OSHA welcomes public comments, in sufficient detail, as to whether TUV has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. Your comments should consist of pertinent written documents and exhibits. Should you need more time to comment, you must request it in writing, including reasons for the request. OSHA must receive your written request for extension at the address provided above no later than the last date for comments. OSHA will limit any extension to 30 days, unless the requester justifies a longer period. We may deny a request for extension if it is not adequately justified. You may obtain or review copies of TUV's requests, the staff's recommendation, and all submitted comments, as received, by contacting the Docket Office, Room N2625, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address. Docket No. NRTL3-92 contains all materials in the record concerning TUV's application.

The NRTL Program staff will review all timely comments and, after resolution of issues raised by these comments, will recommend whether to grant TUV's expansion request. The Assistant Secretary will make the final decision on granting the expansion and, in making this decision, may undertake other proceedings that are prescribed in Appendix A to 29 CFR Section 1910.7. OSHA will publish a public notice of this final decision in the Federal Register.

Signed at Washington, DC, this 15th day of June, 2006.

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,

Assistant Secretary.

[FR Doc. E6-11676 Filed 7-21-06; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4510-26-P

Footnotes Back to Top

1. Properly certified means, in part, that the product is labeled or marked with the NRTL's “registered” certification mark (i.e., the mark the NRTL uses for its NRTL work) and that the product certification falls within the scope of recognition of the NRTL.

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