Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
This notice announces the application of Entela, Inc., 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, or any request for extension of the time to comment, must be received no later than April 2, 2001.
Submit written comments concerning this notice to: Docket Office, Docket NRTL-2-93, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2350. Commenters may transmit written comments of 10 pages or less in length by facsimile to (202) 693-1648. Submit request for extensions concerning this notice to: Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N3653, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Bernard Pasquet, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Room N3653 at the above address, or phone (202) 693-2110.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Notice of Application
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby gives notice that Entela, Inc. (ENT), has applied for renewal of its current recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). ENT requests renewal for its existing scope of recognition.
OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization has met the legal requirements in § 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, 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 ENT's recognition covered an expansion of recognition for additional test standards, which OSHA announced on November 10, 1998 (63 FR 63084), and granted on March 9, 1999 (64 FR 11501). The following is a chronology of the other Federal Register notices published by OSHA concerning Entela's recognition, all of which involved an expansion of recognition for additional sites, standards, or programs: a request announced on February 21, 1997 (62 FR 8041), and granted on May 22, 1997 (62 FR 28066); and a request announced on April 17, 1998 (63 FR 19275), and granted on July 10, 1998 (63 FR 37416). OSHA also published a correction of recognition on July 13, 1999 (64 FR 37815).
The current addresses of the testing facilities (sites) that OSHA recognizes for ENT are:
Entela, Inc., 3033 Madison, S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548
Entela Taiwan Laboratories, 3F No. 260 262 Wen, Lin North Road, Pei Tou, Taipei, Taiwan.
General Background on the Applicant and the Application
Entela, Inc., was originally founded in 1974 as a Michigan Corporation specializing in structural steel inspection. In 1981, equipment and personnel were added to initiate an in-house materials laboratory. This was followed by a formation of certification programs within Entela, Inc. The original company was founded as Entel Engineering Services.
Entela received its recognition as an NRTL on July 26, 1994 (59 FR 37997), for a period of five years ending July 26, 1999. Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7 stipulates that the period of recognition of an NRTL is five years and that an NRTL may renew its recognition by applying not less than nine months, nor more than one year, before the expiration date of its current recognition. Entela submitted a request to renew its recognition on, August 10, 1998 (see Exhibit 15), within the time allotted, and retains its recognition pending OSHA's final decision in this renewal process. Start Printed Page 15289
ENT's request covers only renewal of its existing scope of recognition, which includes the facilities listed above, and 148 test standards and 8 supplemental programs.
ENT seeks renewal of its recognition for testing and certification of products to demonstrate compliance to the following 148 test standards, all of which OSHA has determined are appropriate, within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c). OSHA's recognition of ENT, 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. 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.
UL 22 Amusement and Gaming Machines
UL 45 Portable Electric Tools
UL 48 Electric Signs
UL 50 Electric Cabinets and Boxes
UL 67 Electric Panelboards
UL 73 Motor-Operated Appliances
UL 82 Electric Gardening Appliances
UL 94* Tests for Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances
UL 98 Enclosed and Dead-Front Switches
UL 122 Photographic Equipment
UL 130 Electric Heating Pads
UL 141 Garment Finishing Appliances
UL 153 Portable Electric Lamps
UL 174 Household Electric Storage-Tank Water Heaters
UL 187 X-Ray Equipment
UL 197 Commercial Electric Cooking Appliances
UL 213 Rubber Gasketed Fittings for Fire Protection Service
UL 244A Solid State Controls for Appliances
UL 250 Household Refrigerators and Freezers
UL 298 Portable Electric Hand Lamps
UL 325 Door, Drapery, Louver, and Window Operators and Systems
UL 353 Limit Controls
UL 355 Cord Reels
UL 429 Electrically Operated Valves
UL 467 Grounding and Bonding Equipment
UL 469 Musical Instruments and Accessories
UL 471 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers
UL 482 Portable Sun/Heat Lamps
UL 484 Room Air Conditioners
UL 496 Edison-Base Lampholders
UL 499 Electric Heating Appliances
UL 506 Specialty Transformers
UL 507 Electric Fans
UL 508** Electric Industrial Control Equipment
UL 541 Refrigerated Vending Machines
UL 542 Lampholders, Starters, and Starter Holders for Fluorescent Lamps
UL 544 Electric Medical and Dental Equipment
UL 563 Ice Makers
UL 609 Local Burglar-Alarm Units and Systems
UL 696 Electric Toys
UL 745-1 Portable Electric Tools
UL 745-2-1 Drills
UL 745-2-2 Screwdrivers and Impact Wrenches
UL 745-2-3 Grinders, Polishers and Disk-type Sanders
UL 745-2-4 Sanders
UL 745-2-5 Circular Saws and Circular Knives
UL 745-2-6 Hammers
UL 745-2-8 Shears and Nibblers
UL 745-2-9 Tappers
UL 745-2-11 Reciprocating Saws
UL 745-2-12 Concrete Vibrators
UL 745-2-14 Planers
UL 745-2-17 Routers and Trimmers
UL 745-2-30 Staplers
UL 745-2-31 Diamond Core Drills
UL 745-2-32 Magnetic Drill Press
UL 745-2-33 Portable Bandsaws
UL 745-2-34 Strapping Tools
UL 745-2-35 Drain Cleaners
UL 745-2-36 Hand Motor Tools
UL 745-2-37 Plate Joiners
UL 749 Household Dishwashers
UL 751 Vending Machines
UL 756 Coin and Currency Changers and Actuators
UL 763 Motor Operated Commercial Food Preparing Machines
UL 778 Motor-Operated Water Pumps
UL 796 Printed-Wiring Boards
UL 813 Commercial Audio Equipment
UL 817 Cord Sets & Power-Supply Cords
UL 826 Household Electric Clocks
UL 858 Household Electric Ranges
UL 859 Household Electric Personal Grooming Appliances
UL 863 Time-Indicating and Recording Appliance
UL 867 Electrostatic Air Cleaners
UL 869A Reference Standard for Service Equipment
UL 873 Temperature-Indicating and Regulating Equipment
UL 916 Energy Management Equipment
UL 917 Clock Operated Switches
UL 921 Commercial Electric Dishwashers
UL 923 Microwave Cooking Appliances
UL 924 Emergency Lighting and Power Equipment
UL 935 Fluorescent-Lamp Ballasts
UL 961 Electric Hobby and Sports Equipment
UL 969 Marking and Labeling Systems
UL 982 Motor Operated Household Food Preparing Machines
UL 984 Hermetic Refrigerant Motor-Compressors
UL 987 Stationary and Fixed Electric Tools
UL 998 Humidifiers
UL 1004*** Electric Motors
UL 1005 Electric Flatirons
UL 1008 Transfer Switch Equipment
UL 1012 Power Units Other Than Class 2
UL 1018 Electric Aquarium Equipment
UL 1026 Electric Household Cooking and Food-Serving Equipment
UL 1028 Hair Clipping and Shaving Appliances
UL 1029 High-Intensity Discharge Lamp Ballasts
UL 1042 Electric Baseboard Heating Equipment
UL 1069 Hospital Signaling and Nurse-Call System
UL 1082 Household Electric Coffee Makers and Brewing-Type Appliances
UL 1083 Household Electric Skillets and Frying Type Appliances
UL 1086 Household Trash Compactors
UL 1088 Temporary Lighting Strings
UL 1206 Electric Commercial Clothes Washing Machines
UL 1230 Amateur Movie Lights
UL 1236 Battery Chargers for Charging Engine-Starter Batteries
UL 1244 Electrical and Electronic Measuring and Testing Equipment
UL 1261 Electric Water Heaters for Pools and Tubs
UL 1262 Laboratory Equipment
UL 1270 Radio Receivers, Audio Systems, and Accessories
UL 1286 Office Furnishings
UL 1310 Class 2 Power Units
UL 1410 Television Receivers and High-Voltage Video Products
UL 1418 Cathode-Ray Tubes
UL 1431 Personal Hygiene and Health Care Appliances
UL 1433 Control Centers for Changing Message Type Electric Signs
UL 1445 Electric Water Bed Heaters
UL 1447 Electric Lawn Mowers
UL 1448 Electric Hedge Trimmers
UL 1459 Telephone Equipment
UL 1472 Solid-State Dimming Controls
UL 1492 Audio-Video Products & Accessories
UL 1564 Industrial Battery Chargers
UL 1570 Fluorescent Lighting Fixtures
UL 1571 Incandescent Lighting Fixtures
UL 1572 High Intensity Discharge Lighting Fixtures
UL 1573 Stage and Studio Lighting UnitsStart Printed Page 15290
UL 1574 Track Lighting Systems
UL 1585 Class 2 and Class 3 Transformers
UL 1594 Sewing and Cutting Machines
UL 1638 Visual Signaling Appliances
UL 1647 Motor-Operated Massage and Exercise Machines
UL 1727 Commercial Electric Personal Grooming Appliances
UL 1786 Nightlights
UL 1838 Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Systems
UL 1950 Information Technology Equipment Including Electrical Business Equipment
UL 1993 Self-Ballasted Lamps and Lamp Adapters
UL 2044 Commercial Closed Circuit Television Equipment
UL 2157 Electric Clothes Washing Machines and Extractors
UL 2161 Neon Transformers and Power Supplies
UL 2601-1 Medical Electrical Equipment, Part 1: General Requirements for Safety
UL 3044 Surveillance Closed Circuit Television Equipment
UL 3101-1 Electric Equipment for Laboratory Use, Part 1, General
UL 3111-1 Electrical Measuring and Test Equipment, Part 1: General
UL 6500 Audio/Video and Musical Instrument Apparatus for Household, Commercial, and Similar General Use
UL 8730-1 Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 1: General Requirements
UL 8730-2-3 Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Thermal Motor Protectors for Ballasts for Tubular Fluorescent Lamps
UL 8730-2-4 Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Thermal Motor Protectors for Motor Compressors or Hermetic and Semi-Hermetic Type
UL 8730-2-8 Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Electrically Operated Water Valves
* Exclusive of radiant panel testing.
** Limited to equipment of no greater than 500 amperes.
*** Limited to motors rated no greater than one-half horsepower.
Testing and certification of gas operated equipment is limited to equipment for use with “liquefied petroleum gas” (“LPG” or “LP-Gas”).
The designations and titles of the above test standards were current at the time of the preparation of this notice.
Many of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) test standards listed above are approved as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). However, for convenience in compiling the list, we show the designation of the standards developing organization (e.g., UL 22) for the standard, as opposed to the ANSI designation (e.g., ANSI/UL 22). Under our procedures, an 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, regardless of whether it is currently recognized for the proprietary or ANSI version. Contact ANSI or the ANSI web site to find out whether or not a standard is currently ANSI approved.
Programs and Procedures
ENT's renewal also covers 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 ENT recognition to use these programs, which are listed in OSHA's informational web page on the ENT 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.
Limitations on the Recognition
The following limitations currently apply to the recognition of the Taiwan facility, and would continue to apply for the renewal:
a. The Taiwan facility shall be limited to carrying out minor mechanical and electrical testing of instruments and small appliances.
b. Performance of inspections shall be limited to Entela personnel.
Preliminary Finding on the Application
ENT has submitted an acceptable request for renewal of its recognition as an NRTL. While processing this request, OSHA performed on-site reviews (audits) of ENT's NRTL testing facilities. Entela has addressed the discrepancies noted by the auditors following the review. NRTL Program assessment staff reviewed information from these reviews and, in a memo dated October 6, 2000 (see Exhibit 20), recommended the renewal of ENT's recognition.
Following a review of the application file, the assessor's memo, and other pertinent documents, the NRTL Program staff has concluded that OSHA can grant to ENT the renewal of its recognition as an NRTL to use the facilities, test standards, and programs listed above. 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 Entela, Inc., can meet the recognition requirements as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for the renewal of its recognition. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of the application for Entela.
OSHA welcomes public comments, in sufficient detail, as to whether ENT 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 it, OSHA must receive the comment at the address provided above (see ADDRESSES) no later than the last date for comments (see DATES above). Should you need more Start Printed Page 15291time to comment, OSHA must receive your written request for extension at the address provided above (also see ADDRESSES) no later than the last date for comments (also see DATES above). You must include your reason(s) for any request for extension. OSHA will limit an extension to 30 days, unless the requester justifies a longer period. We may deny a request for extension if it is frivolous or otherwise unwarranted. You may obtain or review copies of ENT's requests, the memo on the 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. You should refer to Docket No. NRTL-2-93, the permanent record of public information on ENT's recognition.
The NRTL Program staff will review all timely comments and, after resolution of issues raised by these comments, will recommend whether to grant ENT'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 that are prescribed in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA will publish a public notice of this final decision in the Federal Register.Start Signature
Signed at Washington, DC, this 2d day of March, 2001.
R. Davis Layne,
Acting Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 01-6563 Filed 3-15-01; 8:45 am]
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