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Canadian Standards Association: Grant of Renewal 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 granting renewal of recognition of Canadian Standards Association, as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES:

The renewal of recognition becomes effective on August 7, 2014.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Information regarding this notice is available from the following sources:

Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3647, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: Meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.

General and technical information: Contact Mr. David Johnson, Director, Start Printed Page 46279Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2110; email: johnson.david.w@dol.gov. OSHA's Web page includes information about the NRTL Program (see http://www.osha.gov/​dts/​otpca/​nrtl/​index.html).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets the requirements specified by 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. OSHA maintains an informational Web site for each NRTL at http://www.osha.gov/​dts/​otpca/​nrtl/​index.html that details its scope of recognition.

OSHA processes applications submitted by an NRTL for renewal of recognition following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA conducts renewals in accordance with the procedures in 29 CFR 1910.7, App. A II.C. In accordance with these procedures, NRTLs submit a renewal request to OSHA between nine months and one year before the expiration date of its current recognition. A renewal request includes a request for renewal and any additional information demonstrating its continued compliance with the terms of its recognition and 29 CFR 1910.7. If OSHA has not conducted an on-site assessment of the NRTL headquarters and any key sites within the past 18 to 24 months, it will schedule the necessary on-site assessment prior to the expiration date of the NRTL's recognition. Upon review of the submitted material and, as necessary, the successful completion of the on-site assessment, OSHA announces its preliminary decision to grant or deny renewal in the Federal Register and solicits comments from the public. OSHA then publishes a final Federal Register notice responding to any comments and renewing the NRTL's recognition for a period of five years, or denying the renewal of recognition.

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) initially received OSHA recognition as an NRTL on December 24, 1992 (57 FR 61452). The most recent renewal for CSA was on July 3, 2001, for a five-year period expiring on July 3, 2006. CSA submitted a timely request for renewal, dated October 3, 2005 (see Ex. OSHA-2006-0042-0007), and retained its recognition pending OSHA's final decision in this renewal process. The current addresses of CSA facilities recognized by OSHA and included as part of the renewal request are:

1. CSA Toronto, 178 Rexdale Boulevard, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada M9W 1R3;

2. CSA International Montreal, 865 Ellingham Street, Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada H9R 5E8;

3. CSA International Irvine, 2805 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, California 92606;

4. CSA International Edmonton, 1707-94th Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6N 1E6;

5. CSA International Vancouver, 13799 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada V6V 2N9; and

6. CSA International Cleveland, 8501 East Pleasant Valley Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44131.

OSHA evaluated CSA's application for renewal and made a preliminary determination that CSA can continue to meet the requirements prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition. OSHA conducted audits of CSA's headquarters, CSA Toronto, on March 24-25, 2011; of the CSA Montreal site on March 21-22, 2011; of the CSA Edmonton site on September 23-24, 2009; and of the CSA Vancouver site on August 21-22, 2013, and found non-conformances with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7. CSA addressed these issues sufficiently to meet the applicable NRTL requirements. Accordingly, OSHA determined that it did not need to conduct an on-site review of CSA's facilities for this request for renewal based on its evaluation of CSA's application and all other available information.

OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing CSA's renewal request in the Federal Register on February 24, 2014 (79 FR 10193). The Agency requested comments by March 11, 2014, but received no comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final notice to grant CSA's request for renewal of recognition.

To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to the CSA's application, go to www.regulations.gov or contact 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. OSHA-2006-0042 contains all materials in the record concerning CSA's recognition.

II. Final Decision and Order

Pursuant to the authority granted under 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby gives notice of the renewal of recognition of CSA as an NRTL. OSHA NRTL Program staff reviewed the renewal request for CSA and other pertinent information. Based on this review of the renewal request for CSA and other pertinent information, OSHA finds that CSA meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for renewal of its recognition, subject to the specified limitation and conditions. OSHA limits the renewal of CSA's recognition to include the terms and conditions of CSA's scope of recognition. The scope of recognition for CSA is available in the Federal Register notice dated December 24, 1992 (57 FR 61452), or on OSHA's Web site at http://www.osha.gov/​dts/​otpca/​nrtl/​csa.html. This renewal extends CSA's recognition for a period of five years from August 7, 2014.

Conditions

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

1. CSA must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major change in its operations as an NRTL, and provide details of the change(s);

2. CSA must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and

3. CSA must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, including all previously published conditions on CSA's scope of recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.

III. Authority and Signature

David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice. Accordingly, the Agency is issuing this notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 657(g)(2), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 2012), and 29 CFR 1910.7.

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Signed at Washington, DC, on August 1, 2014.

David Michaels,

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

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[FR Doc. 2014-18633 Filed 8-6-14; 8:45 am]

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