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    Entela, Inc., Expansion of Recognition.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. NRTL-2-93]

Entela, Inc., Expansion of Recognition

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

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the Agency's final decision on the application of Entela, Inc. (ENT), for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) under 29 CFR 1910.7.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This recognition becomes effective on March 9, 1999 and, unless modified in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.7, continues in effect while ENT remains recognized by OSHA as an NRTL.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernard Pasquet, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N3653, Washington, D.C. 20210, or phone (202) 693-2110.


Notice of Final Decision

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby gives notice of the expansion of recognition of Entela, Inc. (ENT), as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) to include the use of the additional test standards listed below. OSHA recognizes an organization as an NRTL and processes application related to such recognitions following requirements in Section 1910.7 of Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1910.7). Appendix A to this section requires that OSHA publish this public notice of its final decision on an application.

ENT submitted a request, dated August 10, 1998 (see Exhibit 15), to expand its recognition to use additional test standards. ENT's request for expansion also includes its timely request for renewal of its recognition. However, ENT'S recognition as an NRTL does not expire until July 26, 1999. As part of renewing the recognition, staff for the NRTL Program plans to perform an on-site review of one or both of the ENT testing sites. These reviews are part of the normal process for granting an NRTL a renewal of its recognition. OSHA's recognition of ENT's site in Taipei, Taiwan, currently includes certain limitations that are applicable to the testing and evaluation of products under the test standards listed below. These limitations are repeated in this notice.

OSHA published the required notice in the Federal Register (63 FR 63084, 11/10/98) to announce the application. The notice included a preliminary finding that ENT could meet the requirements in 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition, and invited public comment on the applications by January 11, 1999. OSHA received no[[Page 11502]] comments concerning this application. ENT's previous application as an NRTL also covered an expansion for use of additional test standards (63 FR 19275, 4/17/98), which OSHA granted on July 10, 1998 (63 FR 37416).

You may obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to the application by contacting the Docket Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N2625, Washington, D.C. 20210. You should refer to Docket No. NRTL-2-93, the permanent record of public information on the ENT recognition.

The current addresses of the testing facilities (sites) that OSHA recognizes for ENT are: Entela, Inc., 3033 Madison, S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548; and Entela Taiwan Laboratories, 3F No. 260 262 Wen, Lin North Road, Pei Tou, Taipei, Taiwan.

Final Decision and Order

The NRTL Program staff has examined the application, other pertinent information, and the recommendation by the audit staff, in a memo dated September 9, 1998 (see Exhibit 16), to expand ENT's recognition to include the additional test standards. Based upon this examination, OSHA finds that ENT has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition to use an additional 18 test standards, subject to the limitations and conditions listed below. Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1919.7, OSHA hereby expands the recognition of ENT, subject to these limitations and conditions. As is the case for any NRTL, ENT's recognition is further limited to equipment or materials (products) for which OSHA standards require third party testing and certification before use in the workplace.


OSHA hereby expands the recognition of ENT for testing and certification of products to demonstrate compliance to the following 18 standards. OSHA has determined that each standard meets the requirements for an appropriate test standards prescribed in 29 CFR 1910.7(c).

ANSI/UL 187 X-Ray Equipment

ANSI/UL 563 Ice Makers

ANSI/UL 867 Electrostatic Air Cleaners

ANSI/UL 916 Energy Management Equipment

ANSI/UL 924 Emergency lighting and Power Equipment

UL 962 Household and Commercial Furnishing

ANSI/UL 1069 Hospital Signaling and Nurse-Call System

ANSI/UL 1088 Temporary Lighting Strings

ANSI/UL 1236 Battery Chargers

ANSI/UL 1418 Implosion-Protected Cathode-Ray Tubes for Television-Type Appliances

ANSI/UL 1472 Solid-State Dimming Controls

ANSI/UL 1492 Audio and Video Equipment

ANSI/UL 1564 Industrial Battery Chargers

ANSI/UL 1573 Stage and Studio Lighting Units

ANSI/UL 1638 Visual Signaling Appliances

UL 1993 Self-Ballasted Lamps and Lamp Adapters

ANSI/UL 2044 Commercial Closed Circuit Television Equipment

UL 3044 Surveillance Closed Circuit Telvision Equipment

The following limitations apply to the recognition of the Taiwan facility:

  1. The Taiwan facility shall be limited to carrying out minor mechanical and electrical testing of instruments and small appliances.

  2. Performance of inspections shall be limited to Entela personnel.


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

OSHA must be allowed access to ENT's facility and records for purposes of ascertaining continuing compliance with the terms of its recognition and to investigate as OSHA deems necessary;

If ENT has reason to doubt the efficacy of any test standard it is using under this program, it must promptly inform the test standard developing organization of this fact and provide that organization with appropriate relevant information upon which its concerns are based;

ENT must not engage in or permit others to engage in any misrepresentation of the scope or conditions of its recognition. As part of this condition, ENT agrees that it will allow no representation that it is either a recognized or an accredited Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) without clearly indicating the specific equipment or material to which this recognition is tied, or that its recognition is limited to certain products;

ENT must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any change of ownership or key personnel, and of any major changes in its operations as an NRTL, including details;

ENT will meet all the terms of its recognition and will always comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition;

ENT will continue to meet the requirements for recognition in all areas where it has been recognized; and

ENT will always cooperate with OSHA to assure compliance with the spirit as well as the letter of its recognition and 29 CFR 1910.7.

Signed at Washington, D.C. this 24th day of February, 1999.

Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary.

[FR Doc. 99-5788 Filed 3-8-99; 8:45 am]