Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
This notice announces the application of Wyle Laboratories, Inc. (Wyle), for renewal of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7, and presents the Agency's preliminary finding. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of this application.
Comments submitted by interested parties must be received no later than May 5, 2000.
Send comments concerning this notice to: Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N3653, Washington, D.C. 20210.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Bernard Pasquet, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program at the above address, or phone (202) 693-2110.
Notice of Application
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby gives notice that Wyle Laboratories, Inc. (Wyle), has applied for renewal of its current recognition as a Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory (NRTL). Wyle requests renewal for its existing scope of recognition.
OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization has meet the legal requirements in § 1910.7 of Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1910.7). Recognition is an acknowledgement 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, OSHA can accept products “properly certified” by the NRTL. OSHA processes applications related to an NRTL's recognition following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. This appendix requires that the Agency publish this public notice of the preliminary finding on an application.
The most recent notices published by OSHA for Wyle's recognition covered an expansion of recognition for additional test standards and programs, which OSHA announced on July 12, 1996 (61 FR 36764) and granted on November 20, 1996 (61 FR 59115). The only other notices that OSHA has published for Wyle covered its initial recognition, which OSHA announced on January 6, 1994 (59 FR 783) and granted on July 22, 1994 (59 FR 37509). The renewal would incorporate all recognitions granted to Wyle through the date of publication of this preliminary finding.
The current address of the Wyle facility recognized by OSHA is: Wyle Laboratories, 7800 Highway 20 West, P.O. Box 077777, Huntsville, Alabama 35807.
General Background on the Applicant and the Application
Wyle has submitted a request, dated August 19, 1998 (see Exhibit 15), to renew its recognition as an NRTL. The letter requested renewal for its existing scope of recognition, which includes the facility listed above, and 122 test standards and 8 supplemental programs. However,some of the test standards for which Wyle is currently recognized have been withdrawn by the standards developing organization. As appropriate, OSHA has eliminated or replace these test standards in the list shown below.
Wyle was first recognized as an NRTL in 1994 and, at the time, it was part of Wyle Laboratories, a publicly-held corporation first established in 1949. In 1995, Wyle informed OSHA (see Exhibit 13) that it had become a “privately held company incorporated in the State of Delaware.” The “new” company name was also “Wyle Laboratories.” In 1997, the NRTL informed OSHA of the sale of its “Electronic Enclosures Division,” and requested that OSHA remove a condition that the Agency had imposed in the notice of Wyle's recognition. This condition excluded from the recognition any testing and certification of an “enclosure cabinet manufactured or distributed by Wyle.” OSHA granted this request on January 16, 1998 (63 FR 2700).
Wyle seeks renewal of its recognition for testing and certification of products to demonstrate compliance to the following one hundred thirty nine (139 test standards, all of which OSHA has determined are appropriate, as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7(c). As mentioned, some of these standards are substitutes for the test standard that OSHA originally recognized for Wyle. As is the case for any NRTL, Wyle's recognition 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. As a result, OSHA's recognition of an NRTL for a test standard excludes any product(s), falling within the scope of the test standard, for which OSHA has no such requirements.
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The designations and titles of the above test standards were current at the time of the preparation of this notice.
Programs and Procedures
In its renewal, Wyle also seeks continued use of the supplemental programs listed below, based upon the criteria detailed in the March 9, 1995 Federal Register notice (60 FR 12980, 3/9/95). This notice lists nine (9) programs and procedures (collectively, programs), eight of which (called supplemental programs) an NRTL may use to control and audit, but not actually to generate, the data relied upon for product certification. An NRTL's initial recognition will always include the first or basic program, which requires that all product testing and evaluation be performed in-house by the NRTL that will certify the product. OSHA previously granted Wyle recognition to use these programs, which are listed in OSHA's informational web page on the Wyle recognition.
Program 2: Acceptance of testing data from independent organizations, other than NRTLs.
Program 3: Acceptance of product evaluations from independent organizations, other than NRTLs.
Program 4: Acceptance of witnessed testing data.
Program 5: Acceptance of testing data from non-independent organizations.
Program 6: Acceptance of evaluation data from non-independent organizations (requiring NRTL review prior to marketing).
Program 7: Acceptance of continued certification following minor modifications by the client.
Program 8: Acceptance of product evaluations from organizations that function as part of the International Electrotechnical Commission Certification Body (IEC-CB) Scheme.
Program 9: Acceptance of services other than testing or evaluation performed by subcontractors or agents.
OSHA developed the program descriptions to limit how an NRTL may perform certain aspects of its work and to accept the activities covered under a program only when the NRTL meets certain criteria. In this sense, they are special conditions that the Agency places on an NRTL's recognition. OSHA does not consider these programs in determining whether an NRTL meets the requirements for recognition under 29 CFR 1910.7. However, OSHA does treat these programs as one of the three elements that defines an NRTL's scope of recognition.
Preliminary Finding on the Application
Wyle has submitted an acceptable request for renewal of its recognition as an NRTL. In connection with the request, OSHA performed an on-site assessment (review) of Wyle's facility in Huntsville, Alabama, on August 3-5, 1999. Discrepancies noted by the assessor during the on-site review were addressed by Wyle following the on-site evaluation and are factored into the recommendation in the non-site review report (see Exhibit 16).
Following a review of the application file, the on-site review report, and other pertinent documents, the NRTL Program staff has concluded that OSHA can grant to Wyle the renewal of its recognition as an NRTL to use the facility, test standards, and programs, listed above, with any limitations to be applied as noted. The staff therefore recommended to the Assistant Secretary that the application be preliminarily approved.
Based upon the recommendation of the staff, the Assistant Secretary has made a preliminary finding that the Wyle Laboratories, Inc., can meet the requirements, as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7, for renewal of its recognition, subject to any limitations described 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 Wyle has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for renewal of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. Your comment should consist of pertinent written documents and exhibits. To consider a comment, OSHA must receive it at the address provided above (see ADDRESS), no later than the last date for comments (see DATES above). You may obtain or review copies of Wyle's request, the on-site review report, 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. You should refer to Docket No. NRTL-1-93, the permanent record of public information on the Wyle recognition.
The NRTL Program staff will review all timely comments and, after resolution of issues raised by these comments, will recommend whether to grant Wyle's application for renewal of recognition. The Assistant Secretary will make the final decision on granting the renewal and, in making this decision, may undertake other proceedings prescribed in Appendix A to 29 CFR Section 1910.7. OSHA will publish a public notice of this final decision in the Federal Register.Start Signature
Signed at Washington, DC this 18th day of February, 2000.
Charles N. Jeffress,
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