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    Electro-Test, Inc., Expansion of Recognition.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. NRTL-2-94]

Electro-Test, 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 Electro-Test, Inc. (ETI), 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 ETI 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 Electro-Test, Inc. (ETI) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). The expansion covers the use of an additional test standard. OSHA recognizes an organization as an NRTL, and processes applications 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.

ETI submitted a request, dated September 2, 1998 (see Exhibit 11), to expand its recognition to use an additional test standard. OSHA published the required notice in the Federal Register (63 FR 63083, 11/ 10/98) to announce the application. The notice included a preliminary finding that ETI 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 comments concerning this application. ETI's previous application as an NRTL covered its initial recognition (60 FR 30495, 6/9/95), which OSHA granted on October 6, 1995 (60 FR 52417).

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-2-94, the permanent record of public information on the ETI recognition.

The current addresses of the testing facilities (sites) that OSHA recognizes for ETI are:

  • Electro-Test, Inc., 3470 Fostoria Way, Suite B, San Ramon, California 94583

  • Electro-Test, Inc., 3150-B E. Birch Street, Brea, California 92821

  • Due to city boundary lines, this site has two addresses. The NRTL has requested use of the address shown above. In the notice of the preliminary finding, the other address was listed for this site: 1320 El Capitan Drive, 4th Floor, Danville, California 94526.

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 12), to expand ETI's recognition to include the additional test standard. Based upon this examination, OSHA finds that ETI has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition to use the additional test standards, subject to the limitations and conditions listed below. Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the recognition of ETI, subject to these limitations and conditions. As is the case for any NRTL, ETI'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 ETI for testing and certification of products to demonstrate compliance to the following test standard: ANSI/UL 508C Power Conversion Equipment. OSHA has determined that this standard meets the requirements for an appropriate test standard prescribed in 29 CFR 1910.7(c).


ETI 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 ETI's facility and records for purposes of ascertaining continuing compliance with the terms of its recognition and to investigate as OSHA deems necessary;

If ETI 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;

ETI 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, ETI 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;

ETI 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;

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

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

ETI 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. 99-5789 Filed 3-8-99; 8:45 am]