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Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition

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AGENCY:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision to expand the scope of recognition for Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

DATES:

The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on December 8, 2016.

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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. Kevin Robinson, Director, Office 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: robinson.kevin@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. Notice of Final Decision

OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of recognition of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL), as an NRTL. UL's expansion covers the addition of twenty-five test standards to its scope of recognition.

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 of the products.

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. OSHA maintains an informational Web page Start Printed Page 88706for each NRTL that details its scope of recognition. These pages are available from the Agency's Web site at http://www.osha.gov/​dts/​otpca/​nrtl/​index.html.

UL submitted an application, dated June 30, 2015, (OSHA-2009-0025-0017) to expand its recognition to include twenty-five additional test standards. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of the application packet and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA performed an on-site review in relation to this application on April 4-5, 2016.

OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing UL's expansion application in the Federal Register on September 14, 2016 (81 FR 63229). The Agency requested comments by September 29, 2016, but it received no comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final notice to grant expansion of UL's scope of recognition.

To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to the UL'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-2009-0025 contains all materials in the record concerning UL's recognition.

II. Final Decision and Order

OSHA staff examined UL's expansion application, its capability to meet the requirements of the test standards, and other pertinent information. Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds that UL meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition, subject to the conditions listed below. OSHA, therefore, is proceeding with this final notice to grant UL's scope of recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of UL's recognition to testing and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the test standards listed in Table 1 below.

Table 1—List Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in UL's NRTL Scope of Recognition

Test standardTest standard title
ISA 60079-0Explosive Atmospheres—Part 0: Equipment—General Requirements.
ISA 60079-1Explosive Atmospheres—Part 1: Equipment Protection by Flameproof Enclosures “d”.
ISA 60079-2Explosive Atmospheres—Part 2: Equipment Protection by Flameproof Enclosures “p”.
ISA 60079-5Explosive Atmospheres—Part 5: Equipment Protection by Powder Filling “q”.
ISA 60079-6Explosive Atmospheres—Part 6: Equipment Protection by Oil Immersion “o”.
ISA 60079-7Explosive Atmospheres—Part 7: Equipment Protection by Increased Safety “e”.
ISA 60079-11Explosive Atmospheres—Part 11: Equipment Protection by Intrinsic Safety “i”.
ISA 60079-15Explosive Atmospheres—Part 15: Equipment Protection by Type of Protection “n”.
ISA 60079-18Explosive Atmospheres—Part 18: Equipment Protection by Encapsulation “m”.
ISA 60079-26Explosive Atmospheres—Part 26: Equipment for Use in Class I, Zone 0 Hazardous (Classified) Locations.
ISA 60079-28Explosive Atmospheres—Part 28: Protection of Equipment and Transmission Systems Using Optical Radiation, Edition 1.1.
ISA 60079-31Explosive Atmospheres—Part 31: Equipment Dust Ignition Protection by Enclosure “t”.
ISA 61241-0Electrical Apparatus for Use in Zone 20, Zone 21 and Zone 22 Hazardous (Classified) Locations—General Requirements.
ISA 61241-1Electrical Apparatus for Use in Zone 21 and Zone 22 Hazardous (Classified) Locations—Protection by Enclosures “tD”.
ISA 61241-2Electrical Apparatus for Use in Zone 21 and Zone 22 Hazardous (Classified) Locations—Protection by Pressurization “pD”.
ISA 61241-11Electrical Apparatus for Use in Zone 20, Zone 21 and Zone 22 Hazardous (Classified) Locations—Protection by Intrinsic Safety “iD”.
ISA 61241-18Electrical Apparatus for Use in Zone 20, Zone 21 and Zone 22 Hazardous (Classified) Locations—Protection by Encapsulation “mD”.
ANSI/UL 60079-0Explosive Atmospheres—Part 0: Equipment—General Requirements.
ANSI/UL 60079-1Explosive Atmospheres—Part 1: Equipment Protection by Flameproof Enclosures “d”.
ANSI/UL 60079-5Explosive Atmospheres—Part 5: Equipment Protection by Powder Filling “q”.
ANSI/UL 60079-6Explosive Atmospheres—Part 6: Equipment Protection by Oil Immersion “o”.
ANSI/UL 60079-7Explosive Atmospheres—Part 7: Equipment Protection by Increased Safety “o”.
ANSI/UL 60079-11Explosive Atmospheres—Part 11: Equipment Protection by Intrinsic Safety “i”.
ANSI/UL 60079-15Explosive Atmospheres—Part 15: Equipment Protection by Type of Protection “n”.
ANSI/UL 60079-18Explosive Atmospheres—Part 18: Equipment Protection by Encapsulation “m”.

OSHA's recognition of any NRTL for a particular test standard is limited to equipment or materials for which OSHA standards require third-party testing and certification before using them in the workplace. Consequently, if a test standard also covers any products for which OSHA does not require such testing and certification, an NRTL's scope of recognition does not include these products.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) may approve the test standards listed above as American National Standards. However, for convenience, we may use the designation of the standards-developing organization for the standard as opposed to the ANSI designation. Under the NRTL Program's policy (see OSHA Instruction CPL 1-0.3, Appendix C, paragraph XIV), any NRTL recognized for a particular test standard may use either the proprietary version of the test standard or the ANSI version of that standard. Contact ANSI to determine whether a test standard is currently ANSI-approved.

A. Conditions

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

1. UL 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. UL must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; andStart Printed Page 88707

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

Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the scope of recognition of UL, subject to the limitation and conditions specified above.

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 December 2, 2016.

David Michaels,

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

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[FR Doc. 2016-29437 Filed 12-7-16; 8:45 am]

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