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    Wyle Laboratories


[Docket No. NRTL-1-93]

Wyle Laboratories

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice of Request for Expansion of Recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, and Preliminary Finding.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the application of Wyle Laboratories for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7, and presents the Agency's preliminary finding.

DATES: The last date for interested parties to submit comments is September 10, 1996.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to: NRTL Recognition Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor--Room N3653, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20210.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Variance Determination, NRTL Recognition Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N3653, Washington, D.C. 20210.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that Wyle Laboratories (WL), which previously made application pursuant to section 6(b) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, (84 Stat. 1593, 29 U.S.C. 655), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-90 (55 FR 9033), and 29 CFR 1910.7, for recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (see 59 FR 783, 1/6/94), and was so recognized (see 59 FR 37509, 7/22/94), has made application for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, for the programs and procedures, and the equipment or materials, listed below.

The address of the laboratory covered by this application is:

Wyle Laboratories, 7800 Highway 20 West, Huntsville, Alabama 35807.

Expansion of Recognition

On September 15, 1995, Wyle Laboratories made application for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory in the following areas:

Expansion of Recognition--Programs and Procedures

Based upon the conditions as detailed in the Federal Register document titled, "Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories; Clarification of the Types of Programs and Procedures", 60 FR 12980, 3/9/95, WL applied for recognition for the following programs and procedures:

  1. Acceptance of testing data from independent organizations, other than NRTLs.
  2. Acceptance of product evaluations from independent organizations, other than NRTLs.
  3. Acceptance of witnessed testing data.
  4. Acceptance of testing data from non-independent organizations.
  5. Acceptance of evaluation data from non-independent organizations (requiring NRTL review prior to marketing).
  6. Acceptance of continued certification following minor modifications by the client.
  7. Acceptance of product evaluations from organizations that function as part of the International Electrotechnical Commission Certification Body (IEC-CB) Scheme.
  8. Acceptance of services other than testing of evaluation performed by subcontractors or agents.

Expansion of Recognition--Test Standards

WL also requested expansion of its NRTL recognition for testing and certification of products when tested for compliance with the following test standards, which are appropriate within the meaning of 29 CFR 1910.7(c):

ANSI/UL 8 -- Foam Fire Extinguishers
ANSI/UL 20 -- General -- Use Snap Switches
ANSI/UL 22 -- Amusement and Gaming Machines
ANSI/UL 44 -- Rubber-Insulated Wires and Cables
ANSI/UL 45 -- Portable Electric Tools
ANSI/UL 48 -- Electric Signs
ANSI/UL 62 -- Flexible Cord and Fixture Wire
ANSI/UL 65 -- Electric Wired Cabinets
ANSI/UL 67 -- Electric Panelboards
ANSI/UL 73 -- Electric-Motor-Operated Appliances
ANSI/UL 83 -- Thermoplastic-Insulated Wires and Cables
ANSI/UL 92 -- Fire Extinguisher and Booster Hose
UL 98 -- Enclosed and Dead-Front Switches
ANSI/UL 154 -- Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishers
ANSI/UL 198B -- Class H Fuses
ANSI/UL 198C -- High-Interrupting-Capacity Fuses, Current Limiting Type
ANSI/UL 198D -- High-Interrupting-Capacity Class K Fuses
ANSI/UL 198E -- Class R Fuses
ANSI/UL 198F -- Plug Fuses
ANSI/UL 198G -- Fuse for Supplementary Overcurrent Protection
ANSI/UL 198H -- Class T Fuses
ANSI/UL 198L -- DC Fuses for Industrial Use
ANSI/UL 244A -- Solid-State Controls for Appliances
ANSI/UL 299 -- Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers
ANSI/UL 363 -- Knife Switches
ANSI/UL 393 -- Indicating Pressure Gauges for Fire Protection Service
ANSI/UL 429 -- Electrically Operated Valves
UL 444 -- Communications Cables
ANSI/UL 466 -- Electric Scales
ANSI/UL 467 -- Electrical Grounding and Bonding Equipment
ANSI/UL 486B -- Wire Connectors for Use with Aluminum Conductors
ANSI/UL 486C -- Splicing Wire Connectors
ANSI/UL 486D -- Insulated Wire Connectors for Use With Underground Conductors
UL 497A -- Secondary Protectors for Communication Circuits
ANSI/UL 498 -- Attachment Plugs and Receptacles
ANSI/UL 507 -- Electric Fans
ANSI/UL 510 -- Insulating Tape
ANSI/UL 512 -- Fuseholders
ANSI/UL 539 -- Single and Multiple Station Heat Detectors
ANSI/UL 541 -- Refrigerated Vending Machines
ANSI/UL 547 -- Thermal Protectors for Electric Motors
ANSI/UL 626 -- 2 1/2 Gallon Stored Pressure Water Type Fire Extinguishers
ANSI/UL 711 -- Rating and Fire Testing of Fire Extinguishers
ANSI/UL 796 -- Printed-Wiring Boards
ANSI/UL 813 -- Commercial Audio Equipment
ANSI/UL 817 -- Cord Sets and Power-Supply Cords
ANSI/UL 845 -- Electric Motor Control Centers
ANSI/UL 854 -- Service Entrance Cable
ANSI/UL 863 -- Electric Time-Indicating and -Recording Appliances
ANSI/UL 877 -- Circuit Breakers and Circuit-Breaker Enclosure for Use in Hazardous (Classified) Locations
ANSI/UL 894 -- Switches for Use in Hazardous (Classified) Locations
ANSI/UL 916 -- Energy Management Equipment
ANSI/UL 917 -- Clock-Operated Switches
ANSI/UL 924 -- Emergency Lighting and Power Equipment
ANSI/UL 943 -- Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters
ANSI/UL 961 -- Hobby and Sports Equipment
ANSI/UL 9677 -- Fused Power-Circuit Devices
ANSI/UL 998 -- Humidifiers
ANSI/UL 1004 -- Electric Motors
ANSI/UL 1008 -- Automatic Transfer Switches
ANSI/UL 1018 -- Electric Aquarium Equipment
UL 1022 -- Line Isolated Monitors
ANSI/UL 1028 -- Electric Hair-Clipping and -Shaving Appliances
UL 1047 -- Isolated Power Systems Equipment
ANSI/UL 1053 -- Ground-Fault Sensing and Relaying Equipment
ANSI/UL 1054 -- Special-Use Switches
ANSI/UL 1058 -- Halogenated Agent Extinguishing System Units
UL 1059 -- Terminal Blocks
UL 1066 -- Low-Voltage AC and DC power Circuit Breakers Used in Enclosures
ANSI/UL 1077 -- Supplementary Protectors for Use in Electrical Equipment
ANSI/UL 1091 -- Butterfly Valves for Fire Protection Service
ANSI/UL 1093 -- Halogenated Agent Fire Extinguishers
ANSI/UL 1096 -- Electric Central Air-Heating Equipment
ANSI/UL 1097 -- Double Insulation Systems for Use in Electrical Equipment
UL 1254 -- Pre-Engineered Dry Chemical Extinguishing System Units
ANSI/UL 1283 -- Electromagnetic-Interference Filter
ANSI/UL 1412 -- Fusing Resistors and Temperature-Limited Resistors for Radio-, and Television-Type Appliances
ANSI/UL 1416 -- Overcurrent and Overtemperature Protectors for Radio-, and Television-Type Appliances
UL 1424 -- Cables for Power-Limited Fire-Protective-Signaling Circuits
ANSI/UL 1429 -- Pullout Switches
UL 1437 -- Electric Analog Instruments, Panelboard Types
UL 1449 -- Transient Voltage Surge Suppressors
ANSI/UL 1474 -- Adjustable Drop Nipples for Sprinkler Systems
ANSI/UL 1481 -- Power Supplies for Fire Protective Signaling Systems
UL 1486 -- Quick Opening Devices for Dry Pipe Valves for Fire-Protection Service
ANSI/UL 1557 -- Electrically Isolated Semiconductor Devices
ANSI/UL 1564 -- Industrial Battery Chargers
ANSI/UL 1577 -- Optical Isolators
UL 1604 -- Electrical Equipment for Use in Class I and II, Division 2 and Class III Hazardous (Classified) Locations
ANSI/UL 1624 -- Light Industrial and Fixed Electric Tools
ANSI/UL 1664 -- Immersion-Detection Circuit-Interrupters
UL 1673 -- Electric Space Heating Cables UL 1682 -- Plugs, Receptacles, and Cable Connectors, of the Pin and Sleeve Type
ANSI/UL 1876 -- Isolating Signal and Feedback Transformers for Use in Electronic Equipment UL 1995 -- Heating and Cooling Equipment
UL 2006 -- Halon 1211 Recovery/Recharge Equipment

The NRTL Recognition Program staff made an in-depth study of the details of WL's original application for recognition and the on-site assessment and determined that an additional on-site visit was not necessary. The programs and procedures for which Wyle Laboratories has requested accreditation are the type that have been utilized previously in their nuclear and defense area programs, and controls have already been established. With respect to the test standards for which WL has requested, all but those pertaining to fire extinguishment and protection equipment are similar to the standards for which it has already been accredited and are, therefore, within the recognized capabilities of its personnel, facilities and equipment. Regarding the fire extinguishment and equipment protection standards, Wyle has tested at least four products in each of 16 of the 18 standards requested. The general knowledge that WL has acquired in the performance of those tests, and the test equipment and personnel on the site, would indicate that it has the capability to test and certify products under these standards.

In any event, at the next scheduled audit a judgement will be made of the adequacy of the controls for the scope of activities involved in the NRTL program as well as of the status of the facility, equipment, and personnel.

Preliminary Finding

Based upon a review of the completed application file and the recommendation of the staff, the Assistant Secretary has made a preliminary finding that the Wyle Laboratories facility for which expansion of its recognition was requested (Huntsville, Alabama) can meet the requirements as prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7.

All interested members of the public are invited to supply detailed reasons and evidence supporting or challenging the sufficiency of the applicant's having met the requirements for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, as required by 29 CFR 1910.7 and Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. Submission of pertinent written documents and exhibits shall be made no later than September 10, 1996, and must be addressed to the NRTL Recognition Program, Office of Variance Determination, Room N 3653, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. 20210. Copies of the WL application, the laboratory survey reports, and all submitted comments, as received, (Docket No. NRTL-1-93), are available for inspection and duplication at the Docket Office, Room N 2634, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address.

The Assistant Secretary's final decision on whether the applicant (Wyle Laboratories) satisfies the requirements for expansion of its recognition as an NRTL will be made on the basis of the entire record including the public submissions and any further proceedings that the Assistant Secretary may consider appropriate in accordance with Appendix A to Section 1910.7.

Signed at Washington, D.C. this 8th day of July, 1996.

Joseph A. Dear, Assistant Secretary.

[FR Doc. 96-17779 Filed 7-11-96; 8:45 am]