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    Underwriters laboratories Inc., Expansion of Recognition


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. NRTL-4-93]

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Expansion of Recognition

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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

EFFECTIVE DATE: This recognition becomes effective on December 7, 1999, and, unless modified in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.7, continues in effect while UL 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, DC 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 Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). UL's expansion covers the use of additional sites. 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.

UL submitted a request, dated March 4, 1998 (see Exhibit 19A), to expand its recognition as an NRTL to include three sites in Europe. UL then submitted supporting information concerning its request (see Exhibits 19B-D) and requested the use of all the "supplemental" programs at each of the 3 sites (see Exhibit 19E). The supporting information that UL has submitted for these additional sites provides a general description of UL operations and, as such, also applies to the sites already recognized by OSHA. Each of the three European sites is a subsidiary of UL. The site in Milan also includes a testing facility in Sardinia, Italy.

OSHA published the required notice in the Federal Register (64 FR 44241, 8/13/99). The notice included a preliminary finding that UL could meet the requirements for expansion of its recognition, and OSHA invited public comment on the application by October 12, 1999. OSHA received no comments concerning this application.

UL's previous application as an NRTL covered an expansion of recognition (62 FR 62359, 11/21/97), which OSHA granted on June 24, 1999 (64 FR 33913).

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, telephone: (202) 693- 2350. You should refer to Docket No. NRTL-4-93, the permanent record of public information on the UL recognition.

The current addresses of the facilities (sites) that OSHA already recognizes for UL are:

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 333 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 1285 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, Long Island, New York 11747

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 1655 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara, California 95050

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 12 Laboratory Drive, P.O. Box 13995, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709

Underwriters Laboratories Inc., 2600 NW Lake Road, Camas, Washington 98607

UL International Limited, Veristrong Industrial Centre, Block B, 14th Floor, 34 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

UL International Services, Ltd., Taiwan Branch, 4th Floor, 260 Da-Yeh Road, Pei Tou District, Taipei, Taiwan

The current addresses of the three (3) additional UL sites recognized in this notice are:

DEMKO A/S, Lyskaer 8, P.O. Box 514, DK-2730, Herlev, Denmark

Underwriters Laboratory International (U.K.) Ltd., 2 Station View, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4JY, United Kingdom

Underwriters Laboratory International Italia S.r.l., Centro Direzionale Colleoni, Palazzo Andromeda/3, 1-20041 Agrate Brianza (MI), Milan, Italy

Final Decision and Order

The NRTL Program staff has examined the application, the on-site review report (see Exhibit 20), and other pertinent information. Based upon this examination, OSHA finds that UL has met the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition to include the three (3) additional sites listed above, subject to the limitations and conditions listed below. Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the recognition of UL, subject to these limitations and conditions. As is the case for any NRTL, UL'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. As a result, OSHA's recognition of an NRTL for a particular test standard excludes any product(s), falling within the scope of the test standard, for which OSHA has no such requirements.


OSHA hereby expands the recognition of UL to include the sites in Herlev (Denmark), Surrey (U.K.), and Milan (Italy), as listed above. OSHA's recognition of these sites is limited to performing product testing and certifications only to the test standards for which the site has the proper capability and programs, and for which OSHA has recognized UL. This treatment is consistent with the recognition that OSHA has granted to other NRTLs that operate multiple sites.

These sites also may use all eight of the "supplemental" programs. An NRTL may use these programs, which OSHA has described in a March 9, 1995 Federal Register notice (60 FR 12980, 3/9/95), to control and audit, but not actually to generate, the data relied upon for product certification. The Agency does not consider these programs in determining whether an NRTL meets the requirements for recognition under 29 CFR 1910.7. However, OSHA does treat these programs as one of the three elements that defines an NRTL's scope of recognition. OSHA previously recognized UL for these programs. As a result, we do not list them again in this final notice but merely provide this information as a matter of public interest.


Underwriters Laboratories Inc. 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 UL's facilities and records for purposes of ascertaining continuing compliance with the terms of its recognition and to investigate as OSHA deems necessary;

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

UL 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, UL 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;

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

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

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

UL 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, DC this day of 30th day of November, 1999.

Charles N. Jeffress,
Assistant Secretary.

[FR Doc. 99-31683 Filed 12-6-99; 8:45 am]