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    Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and Request To Remove a Condition of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 155 (Monday, August 12, 2013)][Notices][Pages 48907-48908]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-19411]



Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0039]

Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of 
Recognition and Request To Remove a Condition of Recognition

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

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration's final decision expanding the scope of recognition and 
the removal of a special condition of recognition that involves testing 
and evaluating hazardous-location equipment for Intertek Testing 
Services NA, Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory under 
29 CFR 1910.7.

DATES: The expansion of the scope of recognition and the removal of the 
special condition becomes effective on August 12, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David W. Johnson, Director, Office of 
Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, NRTL Program, 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of 
Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210, 
or phone (202) 693-2110, or email: johnson.david.w@dol.gov.


I. Notice of Final Decision

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA or Agency) 
hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of recognition of 
Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. (ITSNA), as a Nationally Recognized 
Testing Laboratory (NRTL). ITSNA's expansion covers the addition of two 
new sites. OSHA also gives notice of the removal of a special condition 
of recognition placed upon ITSNA regarding testing and evaluating 
hazardous-location equipment. OSHA's current scope of recognition for 
ITSNA is available at the following informational Web site: 
    OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets 
the requirements in Section 1910.7 of Title 29, Code of Federal 
Regulations (29 CFR 1910.7). Recognition is an acknowledgment that the 
organization can perform independent safety testing and certification 
of the specific products

covered within its scope of recognition and is not a delegation or 
grant of government authority. As a result of recognition, employers 
may use products properly approved by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards 
that require testing and certification.
    The Agency processes applications by an NRTL for initial 
recognition, or for expansion or renewal of this recognition, following 
requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. This appendix requires 
that the Agency publish two notices in the Federal Register in 
processing an application. In the first notice, OSHA announces the 
application and provides its preliminary finding and, in the second 
notice, the Agency provides its final decision on the application. 
These notices set forth the NRTL's scope of recognition or 
modifications of that scope. OSHA maintains an informational Web site 
for each NRTL that details its scope of recognition. These pages are 
available from our Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    ITSNA submitted an application, dated June 8, 2007 (Exhibit 1: 
ITSNA Application), to expand its recognition to include three 
additional facilities (sites) located at: 545 East Algonquin Road, 
Suite F, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 (ITSNA Chicago); 420 North Dorothy 
Drive, Richardson, TX 75081 (ITSNA Dallas); and 2307 East Aurora Road, 
Suite B7, Twinsburg, OH 44087 (ITSNA Cleveland). ITSNA later amended 
its application to remove the ITSNA Cleveland site from the 
application, and to change the address for the ITSNA Dallas site to 
1809 10th Street, Suite A, Plano, TX 75074 (ITSNA Dallas) (Exhibit 2: 
ITSNA Amended Applications dated 7/22/2009 and 10/20/2009).
    On November 6, 2009, ITSNA submitted a letter seeking to relax or 
remove a special condition of its recognition which states: ``All 
safety test reports for hazardous location products must undergo a 
documented review and approval at the Cortland testing facility by a 
test engineer qualified in hazardous location safety testing, prior to 
ITSNA's initial or continued authorization of the certifications 
covered by these reports. The above limitations apply solely to ITSNA's 
operations as an NRTL. . . ." (Exhibit 3: ITSNA Hazardous Location 
    In connection with these requests, NRTL Program staff performed on-
site reviews of ITSNA's testing facilities in January 2010 (ITSNA 
Chicago) and March 2012 (ITSNA Dallas), and recommended expansion of 
ITSNA's recognition to include these two sites (Exhibit 4: ITSNA On-
site Review Reports). Additionally, audits of these and other ITSNA 
NRTL sites determined that ITSNA has the appropriate training programs 
and controls in place to remove the special condition for testing 
hazardous-location equipment (Exhibit 5: Memorandum Regarding Removal 
of Hazardous Location Restriction). As a result, the Agency 
preliminarily determined that it should (1) expand ITSNA's scope of 
recognition to include the ITSNA Chicago and ITSNA Dallas sites, and 
(2) remove the special condition stated above from ITSNA's scope of 
    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing ITSNA's expansion 
application in the Federal Register on May 30, 2013. The Agency 
requested comments by June 29, 2013, but it received no comments in 
response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final notice 
to grant ITSNA's expansion application.
    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to 
the ITSNA application, contact the Docket Office, Occupational Safety 
and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210. Docket No. OSHA-2007-
0039 contains all materials in the record concerning ITSNA's 

II. Final Decision and Order

    The NRTL Program staff examined ITSNA's expansion application, the 
auditor's recommendations, and other pertinent information. Based on 
its review of this evidence, OSHA finds that ITSNA meets the 
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition, subject 
to the limitation and conditions listed below. OSHA also gives notice 
that it remove the special condition of recognition involving 
evaluating hazardous-location equipment from ITSNA's NRTL scope of 
    OSHA limits the expansion of ITSNA's recognition to include the 
sites at ITSNA Dallas (Plano, Texas) and ITSNA Chicago (Arlington 
Heights, Illinois) as listed above. OSHA's recognition of these sites 
limits ITSNA 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 recognizes ITSNA. This limitation is 
consistent with the recognition that OSHA grants to other NRTLs that 
operate multiple sites.
    These sites also may use all eight of the ``supplemental" programs 
in ITSNA's recognition. An NRTL may use these programs, which OSHA 
described in a March 9, 1995 Federal Register notice (60 FR 12980, 03/
09/1995), to control and audit, but not generate, the data relied on 
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 define an NRTL's scope of recognition. OSHA 
previously recognized ITSNA for these programs. As a result, OSHA does 
not list them again in this final notice, but merely provides this 
information as a matter of public interest.

A. Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, 
ITSNA also must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:
    1. ITSNA must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any 
change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major 
change in its operations as an NRTL, and provide details of the 
    2. ITSNA must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with 
all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and
    3. ITSNA must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, 
including all previously published conditions on ITSNA's scope of 
recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.
    Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the 
recognition of ITSNA, subject to these limitations and conditions 
specified above.

III. Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice. 
Accordingly, the Agency is issuing this notice pursuant to Section 
8(g)(2) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 
657(g)(2)), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 
2012), and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on August 6, 2013.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2013-19411 Filed 8-9-13; 8:45 am]