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TUV America, Inc.; Application for Expansion of Recognition

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AGENCY:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

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

DATES:

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 February 22, 2008.
  • Electronic transmission or facsimile: sent by February 22, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for making electronic submissions.

Fax: If your submissions, including attachments, are not longer than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.

Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: You must submit three copies of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2007-0043 (formerly, NRTL2-2001), U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger and courier service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., e.t.

Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and the OSHA docket number for this notice (OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-0043). Submissions, including any personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov.

Docket: To read or download submissions or other material in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index, however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download through the Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office.

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.

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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 N3655, Washington, DC 20210, or phone (202) 693-2110. Our Web page includes information about the NRTL Program (see http://www.osha.gov and select “N” in the site index).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of Application

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby gives Start Printed Page 7326notice that TUV America, Inc., (TUVAM) has applied for expansion of its current recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). TUVAM's expansion request covers the use of additional test standards. OSHA's current scope of recognition for TUVAM may be found in the following informational Web page: http://www.osha.gov/​dts/​otpca/​nrtl/​tuvam.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 approved 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 that details its scope of recognition. These pages can be accessed from our Web site at http://www.osha.gov/​dts/​otpca/​nrtl/​index.html.

The most recent application processed by OSHA specifically related to TUVAM's recognition granted an expansion, and the final notice for this expansion was published on August 30, 2005 (70 FR 51373).

The current addresses of the TUVAM facilities already recognized by OSHA are: TUV Product Services (TUVAM), 5 Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers, MA 01923; TUV Product Services (TUVAM), 10040 Mesa Rim Road, San Diego, CA 92121; and TUV Product Services (TUVAM), 1775 Old Highway 8, NW., Suite 104, New Brighton (Minneapolis), MN 55112.

General Background on the Application

TUVAM submitted an application, dated October 6, 2005 (see Exhibit 11-1), to expand its recognition to include 142 additional test standards. It amended its application on February 17, 2006, to add two more test standards, and then in June 2006 and July 2007 further amended its application to reduce its request to 89 test standards (see Exhibits 11-2 through 11-4), one of which, however, has been withdrawn by the standards developing organization. Thus, TUVAM's request includes 88 standards. The NRTL Program staff has determined that each of the remaining standards is an “appropriate test standard” within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c). In connection with this request, NRTL Program assessment staff performed an on-site review of TUVAM's Massachusetts testing facility and recommended that TUVAM's recognition be expanded to include the additional test standards listed below (see Exhibit 11-5). As a result, the Agency would approve the 88 test standards for the expansion.

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

UL 48Electric Signs.
UL 69Electric-Fence Controllers.
UL 82Electric Gardening Appliances.
UL 201Garage Equipment.
UL 325Door, Drapery, Gate, Louver, and Window Operators and Systems.
UL 399Drinking-Water Coolers.
UL 474Dehumidifiers.
UL 482Portable Sun/Heat Lamps.
UL 497ASecondary Protectors for Communication Circuits.
UL 506Specialty Transformers.
UL 561Floor-Finishing Machines.
UL 563Ice Makers.
UL 588Seasonal and Holiday Decorative Products.
UL 676Underwater Luminaires and Submersible Junction Boxes.
UL 696Electric Toys.
UL 697Toy Transformers.
UL 745-1Portable Electric Tools.
UL 745-2-1Particular Requirements for Drills.
UL 745-2-2Particular Requirements for Screwdrivers and Impact Wrenches.
UL 745-2-3Particular Requirements for Grinders, Polishers, and Disk-Type Sanders.
UL 745-2-4Particular Requirements for Sanders.
UL 745-2-5Particular Requirements for Circular Saws and Circular Knives.
UL 745-2-6Particular Requirements for Hammers.
UL 745-2-8Particular Requirements for Shears and Nibblers.
UL 745-2-9Particular Requirements for Tappers.
UL 745-2-11Particular Requirements for Reciprocating Saws.
UL 745-2-12Particular Requirements for Concrete Vibrators.
UL 745-2-14Particular Requirements for Planers.
UL 745-2-17Particular Requirements for Routers and Trimmers.
UL 745-2-30Particular Requirements for Staplers.
UL 745-2-31Particular Requirements for Diamond Core Drills.
UL 745-2-32Particular Requirements for Magnetic Drill Presses.
UL 745-2-33Particular Requirements for Portable Bandsaws.
UL 745-2-34Particular Requirements for Strapping Tools.
UL 745-2-35Particular Requirements for Drain Cleaners.
UL 745-2-36Particular Requirements for Hand Motor Tools.
UL 745-2-37Particular Requirements for Plate Jointers.
UL 749Household Dishwashers.
UL 775Graphic Arts Equipment.
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UL 778Motor-Operated Water Pumps.
UL 826Household Electric Clocks.
UL 858Household Electric Ranges.
UL 859Household Electric Personal Grooming Appliances.
UL 867Electrostatic Air Cleaners.
UL 875Electric Dry-Bath Heaters.
UL 921Commercial Dishwashers.
UL 935Fluorescent-Lamp Ballasts.
UL 969Marking and Labeling Systems.
UL 977Fused Power-Circuit Devices.
UL 979Water Treatment Appliances.
UL 984Hermetic Refrigerant Motor-Compressors.
UL 987Stationary and Fixed Electric Tools.
UL 1018Electric Aquarium Equipment.
UL 1028Hair Clipping and Shaving Appliances.
UL 1030Sheathed Heating Elements.
UL 1086Household Trash Compactors.
UL 1088Temporary Lighting Strings.
UL 1097Double Insulation Systems for Use in Electrical Equipment.
UL 1206Electric Commercial Clothes-Washing Equipment.
UL 1230Amateur Movie Lights.
UL 1240Electric Commercial Clothes-Drying Equipment.
UL 1411Transformers and Motor Transformers for Use In Audio-, Radio-, and Television-Type Appliances.
UL 1419Professional Video and Audio Equipment.
UL 1431Personal Hygiene and Health Care Appliances.
UL 1449Surge Protective Devices.
UL 1484Residential Gas Detectors.
UL 1559Insect-Control Equipment—Electrocution Type.
UL 1561Dry-Type General Purpose and Power Transformers.
UL 1563Electric Spas, Equipment Assemblies, and Associated Equipment.
UL 1573Stage and Studio Luminaires and Connector Strips.
UL 1574Track Lighting Systems.
UL 1594Sewing and Cutting Machines.
UL 1598Luminaires.
UL 1741Inverters, Converters, and Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use With Distributed Energy Resources.
UL 1778Uninterruptible Power Supply Equipment.
UL 1786Direct Plug-In Nightlights.
UL 1838Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Systems.
UL 1963Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling Equipment.
UL 1993Self-Ballasted Lamps and Lamp Adapters.
UL 2044Commercial Closed-Circuit Television Equipment.
UL 2111Overheating Protection for Motors.
UL 2157Electric Clothes Washing Machines and Extractors.
UL 2158Electric Clothes Dryers.
UL 60335-2-3Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, Part 2: Particular Requirements for Electric Irons.
UL 60745-1Hand-Held Motor-Operated Electric Tools—Safety—Part 1: General Requirements.
UL 61010A-2-020Electrical Equipment for Laboratory Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Laboratory Centrifuges.
UL 61010A-2-061Electrical Equipment for Laboratory Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Laboratory Atomic Spectrometers with Thermal Atomization and Ionization.
UL 61010B-2-031Electrical Equipment for Measurement, Control, and Laboratory Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Hand-Held Probe Assemblies for Electrical Measurement and Test.

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

OSHA's recognition of TUVAM, 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).

A test standard listed above may also be approved as an American National Standard 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

TUVAM has submitted an acceptable request for expansion of its recognition as an NRTL. Our review of the application file, the assessor's recommendation, and other pertinent documents indicate that TUVAM can meet the requirements, as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7, for the expansion for the 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 TUVAM 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 Start Printed Page 7328the requester justifies a longer period. You may obtain or review copies of TUVAM's requests, the assessor's recommendation, and all submitted comments, as received, by contacting the Docket Office, Room N-2625, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address. Docket No. OSHA-2007-0043 (formerly, NRTL2-2001) contains all materials in the record concerning TUVAM'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 TUVAM'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.

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Signed at Washington, DC, this 1st day of February, 2008.

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,

Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health.

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[FR Doc. E8-2200 Filed 2-6-08; 8:45 am]

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