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    Recognition of Canadian Standards Association as an NRTL

This notice announces the Agency''s final decision on the Canadian Standards Association Rexdale (Toronto) facility application for recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory(NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7. The Canadian Standards Association is an independent organization providing integrated services in the fields of standards development and conformity assessment. The Certification and Testing Division provides conformity assessment programs including laboratory testing, certification, inspection and quality management services. Section 1910.7 requires that an NRTL use "appropriate test standards", which are defined, in part, to include any standard that is currently designated as an ANSI safety designated product standard. As to the non- ANSI UL test standards for which CSA has applied to test products to, OSHA previously had examined the status of the Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) Standards for Safety and, in particular, the method of their development, revision and implementation, and had determined that they are appropriate test standards under the criteria described in 29 CFR 1910.7(c)(1), (2), and (3). (See 54 FR 25643, 6/16/ 89). That is, these standards specify the safety requirements for specific equipment or classes of equipment and are recognized in the United States as safety standards providing adequate levels of safety; they are compatible and remain current with periodic revisions of applicable national codes and installation standards; and they are developed by a standards developing organization under a method providing for input and consideration of views of industry groups, experts, users, consumers, governmental authorities, and others having broad experience in the safety fields involved. The laboratory subscribes to the ANSI/UL standards updating service. Standards and revisions are distributed to appropriate laboratory personnel. Revised or superseded standards are archived. CSA shall inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any change of ownership or key personnel, including details; CSA will continue to meet the requirements for recognition in all areas where it has been recognized; and CSA will always cooperate with OSHA to assure compliance with the letter as well as the spirit of its cognition and 29 CFR 1910.7. This recognition will become effective on December 24, 1992, and will be valid for a period of five years from that date, until December 24, 1997, unless terminated prior to that date, in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.7. Signed at Washington, DC, the 18th day of December, 1992 by Dorothy L. Strunk, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor.