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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 168 / Friday, August 29, 2014 / Notices issues sufficiently to meet the applicable NRTL requirements. B. Control Procedures Section 1910.7(b)(2) requires that the NRTL provide controls and services, to the extent necessary, for the particular equipment or material to be listed, labeled, or accepted. These controls and services include procedures for identifying the listed or labeled equipment or materials, inspections of production runs at factories to assure conformance with test standards, and field inspections to monitor and assure the proper use of identifying marks or labels. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of QAI’s application packet and reviewed other pertinent information to assess its control procedures. OSHA determined that QAI has demonstrated these capabilities through the following: • QAI has a quality-control manual and detailed procedures to address the steps involved to list and certify products. • QAI has a registered certification mark. • QAI has certification procedures to address the authorization of certifications and audits of factory facilities. The audits apply to both the initial evaluations and the follow-up inspections of manufacturers’ facilities. OSHA’s on-site assessment of QAI’s facilities confirmed the control procedures described in its application packet. While the assessors found some non-conformances with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7, QAI addressed these issues sufficiently to meet the applicable NRTL requirements. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Independence Section 1910.7(b)(3) requires that the NRTL be completely independent of employers that are subject to the testing requirements, and of any manufacturers or vendors of equipment or materials tested under the NRTL Program. OSHA has a policy for the independence of NRTLs that specifies the criteria used for determining whether an organization meets the above requirement (see OSHA Instruction CPL 1–0.3, Appendix C, paragraph V). This policy contains a non-exhaustive list of relationships that would cause an organization to fail to meet the specified criteria. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of QAI’s application packet and reviewed other pertinent information to assess its independence. OSHA determined that QAI has demonstrated independence through the following: • QAI is a privately owned organization, and OSHA found no information regarding ownership that VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:29 Aug 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 would qualify as a conflict under OSHA’s independence policy. • QAI shows that it has none of the relationships described above or any other relationship that could subject it to undue influence when testing for product safety. D. Credible Reports and Complaint Handling Section 1910.7(b)(4) specifies that a NRTL must maintain effective procedures for producing credible findings and reports that are objective and free of bias. The NRTL must also have procedures for handling complaints and disputes under a fair and reasonable system. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of QAI’s application packet and reviewed other pertinent information to assess its ability to produce credible results and handle complaints. OSHA determined that QAI has demonstrated these capabilities through the following: • QAI has detailed procedures describing the content of the test reports, and other detailed procedures describing the preparation and approval of these reports. • QAI has procedures for recording, analyzing, and processing complaints from users, manufacturers, and other parties in a fair manner. OSHA’s on-site assessment of QAI’s facilities confirmed the creditable reports and complaint handling procedures described in its application packet. While the assessors found some non-conformances with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7, QAI addressed these issues sufficiently to meet the applicable NRTL requirements. OSHA’s review of the application file and pertinent documentation, as well as the results of the on-site assessment, indicate that QAI can meet the requirements prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition as an NRTL for both of its sites. The OSHA staff, therefore, preliminarily recommended that the Assistant Secretary approve the application. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or temporary approval of QAI’s application. OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether QAI meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition as an NRTL. Comments should consist of pertinent written documents and exhibits. Commenters needing more time to comment must submit a request in writing, stating the reasons for the request. Commenters must submit the written request for an extension on or before the comment due date. OSHA will limit any extension to 10 days unless the requester justifies a longer PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51623 period. OSHA may deny a request for an extension if it is not adequately justified. To obtain or review copies of the publicly available information in QAI’s application, including pertinent documents (e.g., exhibits), and all submitted comments, contact the Docket Office, Room N–2625, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address; these materials also are available online at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. OSHA–2013–0017. OSHA staff will review all comments submitted to the docket in a timely manner and, after addressing the issues raised by these comments, will recommend to the Assistant Secretary whether to grant QAI’s application for recognition as an NRTL. The Assistant Secretary will make the final decision on granting the application. In making this decision, the Assistant Secretary may undertake other proceedings prescribed in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA will publish a public notice of this final decision in the Federal Register. IV. 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. Signed at Washington, DC, on August 25, 2014. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2014–20591 Filed 8–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–26–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2006–0028] MET Laboratories, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision to expand the scope of recognition for MET Laboratories, Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1 51624 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 168 / Friday, August 29, 2014 / Notices The renewal of recognition becomes effective on August 29, 2014. 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, 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: 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). DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Notice of Final Decision OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of recognition of MET Laboratories, Inc. (MET), as an NRTL. MET’s expansion covers the addition of one test standard 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 for each NRTL that details its scope of VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:29 Aug 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 recognition. These pages are available from the Agency’s Web site at http:// www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/ index.html. MET submitted an application, dated December 13, 2011 (OSHA–2006–0028– 0015—MET Expansion Application for UL 2202), to expand its recognition to include one additional test standard. OSHA staff reviewed MET’s application and other pertinent information. OSHA did not perform any on-site reviews in relation to this application. OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing MET’s expansion application in the Federal Register on May 6, 2014 (79 FR 25894). The Agency requested comments by May 21, 2014, but it received no comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final notice to grant expansion of MET’s scope of recognition. To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to MET’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–2006–0028 contains all materials in the record concerning MET’s recognition. II. Final Decision and Order OSHA staff examined MET’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 MET meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition, subject to the limitation and conditions listed below. OSHA limits the expansion of MET’s recognition to testing and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the following test standard, which OSHA determined is an appropriate test standard within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c): which OSHA does not require such testing and certification, an NRTL’s scope of recognition does not include those products. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) may approve the test standard listed above as an American National Standard. 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, MET must abide by the following conditions of the recognition: 1. MET 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. MET must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and 3. MET must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, including all previously published conditions on MET’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 MET, subject to the limitation and conditions specified above. III. Authority and Signature David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for TABLE 1—APPROPRIATE TEST STAND- Occupational Safety and Health, 200 ARD FOR INCLUSION IN MET’S NRTL Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, authorized the preparation of SCOPE OF RECOGNITION this notice. Accordingly, the Agency is Test standard Test standard title issuing this notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 657(g)(2), Secretary of Labor’s Order No. UL 2202 ......... Electric Vehicle (EV) Charg1–2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 2012), and ing System Equipment. 29 CFR 1910.7. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Signed at Washington, DC, on August 25, 2014. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. [FR Doc. 2014–20560 Filed 8–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–26–P E:\FR\FM\29AUN1.SGM 29AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0028]


MET Laboratories, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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

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DATES: The renewal of recognition becomes effective on August 29, 2014.

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, 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: 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).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Notice of Final Decision

    OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of 
recognition of MET Laboratories, Inc. (MET), as an NRTL. MET's 
expansion covers the addition of one test standard 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 
for 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.
    MET submitted an application, dated December 13, 2011 (OSHA-2006-
0028-0015--MET Expansion Application for UL 2202), to expand its 
recognition to include one additional test standard. OSHA staff 
reviewed MET's application and other pertinent information. OSHA did 
not perform any on-site reviews in relation to this application.
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing MET's expansion 
application in the Federal Register on May 6, 2014 (79 FR 25894). The 
Agency requested comments by May 21, 2014, but it received no comments 
in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final 
notice to grant expansion of MET's scope of recognition.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
MET'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-2006-0028 contains all materials in the record 
concerning MET's recognition.

II. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA staff examined MET'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 MET 
meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its 
recognition, subject to the limitation and conditions listed below.
    OSHA limits the expansion of MET's recognition to testing and 
certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the 
following test standard, which OSHA determined is an appropriate test 
standard within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c):

 Table 1--Appropriate Test Standard for Inclusion in MET's NRTL Scope of
                               Recognition
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             Test standard                     Test standard title
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UL 2202................................  Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging
                                          System Equipment.
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    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 those products.
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) may approve the 
test standard listed above as an American National Standard. 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, 
MET must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
    1. MET 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. MET must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with 
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
    3. MET must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
including all previously published conditions on MET'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 MET, 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.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on August 25, 2014.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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