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TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.; Expansion of Recognition

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AGENCY:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's final decision expanding the recognition of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., (TUV) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory under 29 CFR 1910.7.

DATES:

The expansion of recognition becomes effective on December 4, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

MaryAnn Garrahan, 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-3653, Washington, DC 20210, or phone (202) 693-2110.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of Final Decision

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby gives notice of the expansion of recognition of TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., (TUV) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). TUV's expansion 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 that details the scope of recognition for each NRTL. These pages can be accessed from our Web site at http://www.osha.gov/​dts/​otpca/​nrtl/​index.html.

TUV submitted an application, dated December 20, 2004, (see Exhibit 32-1) to expand its recognition to include five additional test standards. The NRTL then amended the original application to request four additional test standards (see Exhibit 32-2). The NRTL Program staff determined that each of these standards is an “appropriate test standard” within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c). However, one standard was already included in TUV's scope. Therefore, OSHA is approving eight test standards for the expansion. In connection with this request, OSHA performed an on-site review of TUV's NRTL testing facility. The assessor reviewed information pertinent to the request and recommended expansion for the eight additional test standards (see Exhibit 32-3).

The preliminary notice announcing the expansion application was published in the Federal Register on July 24, 2006 (71 FR 41841). Comments were requested by August 8, 2006, but no comments were received in response to this notice. OSHA is now proceeding with this final notice to grant TUV's expansion application.

The most recent application processed by OSHA for TUV also covered an expansion of recognition, and the final notice granting this expansion was published on June 20, 2003 (68 FR 37030).

You may obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to the TUV application by contacting the Docket Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210. Docket No. NRTL3-92 contains all materials in the record concerning TUV's recognition.

The current address of the TUV facility already recognized by OSHA is: TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc., 12 Commerce Road, Newton, CT 06470.

Final Decision and Order

NRTL Program staff has examined the application, the assessor's recommendation, and other pertinent information. Based upon this examination and the assessor's recommendation, OSHA finds that TUV has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition, subject to the limitation and conditions listed below. Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the recognition of TUV, subject to the following limitation and conditions.

Limitation

OSHA limits the expansion of TUV's recognition to testing and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the test standards listed below. OSHA has determined that the standards meet the requirements for an appropriate test standard, within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c).

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.

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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.

Conditions

TUV must also abide by the following conditions of the recognition, in addition to those already required by 29 CFR 1910.7:

OSHA must be allowed access to TUV's facilities and records for purposes of ascertaining continuing compliance with the terms of its recognition and to investigate as OSHA deems necessary;

If TUV has reason to doubt the efficacy of any test standard it is using under this program, it must promptly inform the test standard developing organization of this fact and provide that organization with appropriate relevant information upon which its concerns are based;

TUV must not engage in or permit others to engage in any misrepresentation of the scope or conditions of its recognition. As part of this condition, TUV agrees that it will allow no representation that it is either a recognized or an accredited Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) without clearly indicating the specific equipment or material to which this recognition is tied, or that its recognition is limited to certain products;

TUV must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major changes in its operations as an NRTL, including details;

TUV will meet all the terms of its recognition and will always comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and

TUV will continue to meet the requirements for recognition in all areas where it has been recognized.

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Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,

Assistant Secretary of Labor.

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Footnotes

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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